Diary of a Nobody is near perfect as a piece of English comedy, its humor gentle and subtle, its depiction of character, class, time and location flawless. It fixes. : The Diary of a Nobody (): George Grossmith: Books. Aug 26, Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon Grossmith’s.

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Their hero, Charles Gfossmith, is an ordinary middle-class clerk in London, who decides to keep and publish a diary, on the grounds that “I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see — because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’ — why my diary should not be interesting.

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Pooter’s wife is always shopping, too, or sending the ‘girl’ to get a fresh leg of mutton or an ‘extra chop. In his essay “On People in Books”, published earlier that year, the writer and humourist Hilaire Belloc hailed the Diary as “one of the half-dozen immortal achievements of our time View all 54 comments. You might object that Jerome and Wodehouse did rather well in the same literary department and that this Nobody does not deserve to share their fame.

PaperbackOxford World’s Classicshrossmith. Or, maybe it’s just me A remarkably unique work of humour. Well, I regret I waited so much.

He is a clerk of a somewhat stuffy and pompous nature but with a love of bad puns and jokes luckily for him his wife shares his sense of humor! Christmas passes happily enough, despite a supper party which degenerates into a food fight instigated by Daisy. I’d had this for a while and thought it diayr make good paired reading with Three Men on a Boatgelrge they’re both considered classics of British humor of about the same era.


Must get the scraper removed, or else I shall get into a scrape. He also established a national reputation as a piano sketch entertainer and wrote a large number of songs and comic pieces. Georgs another occasion they meet a loud and over-opinionated American, Mr Hardfur Huttle who, Pooter realises, is like a mature version of Lupin. Nonetheless, it is my strong belief that they are both mistaken in this respect.

Appearances are important to them, not only for his work but for their standing in the community. What are kids coming to these – those – days? Mr Pooter family and friends are a pantomime of Victorian society and its rules.

Pooter nearly invariably gets the short end of the stick in his interactions with his two neighbors, Cummings and Gowings; his spendthrift, reckless son Lupin; and the various tradesmen and servants he attempts to bully. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diary of a Nobody.

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A vaguely ridiculous middle class Victorian man decides to write a diary. Anthony Hartley, writing in The Spectatorclassed this production as “fair-to-middling”, with sympathetic performances from the principals: He then shocks his parents by announcing his engagement. I explored his ‘I had teas’ and ‘Sent my dress-coats’ with rapt attention, experiencing it, never mocking it.

Lupin moves to lodgings in Bayswater, where Pooter and Carrie are invited grossmmith dine and where they meet Murray’s sister, known as “Lillie Girl”, a woman of around The premise also reminded me of the British TV show, ‘Keeping Up Appearances,’ because though Pooter grssmith always reminding himself, and his son, how an ordinary life with ordinary aspirations can bring lasting happiness, he also makes every effort to ‘improve his station,’ if only he can.


Some of it was amusing, but I think nobovy of late 19th century cultural references that were meant to inform me how execrable his tastes are went over my head.

WellsArnold Bennett and E. If you’re not smiling or groaning at those then your smile to page ratio is lightly to be low. Return to Book Page. Well not exactly, this is a satire on being ordinary. He daily grossmuth over things like shirt collars, boot black, his housekeepers shortcomings, and so on.

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BBC Radio 4 sound radio has nonody several dramatisations of the Diary. The edition proved immediately popular with the reading public, and was followed by numerous reprintings.

I generally think that one measure of great art and I count literature as art is that you get something different from it each time. The narration in the audio version I listened to, by Roy Macready, is really good.