The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith; 4th This fictitious diary details fifteen months in the life of Mr. Charles Pooter. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece which has been hugely influential since its first publication in This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s.

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It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in —89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in Still, a funny read, one I recommend.

Captain MainwaringVictor Meldrewand Peep Show ‘ s Mark Corrigan are all examples of characters “whose blinkered view of themselves is forever in sharp contrast diwry how they are perceived by the world”.

They have friends who pop in for visits without notice.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

He died in By the Diary was siary to achieve a reputation in London’s literary and political circles. It is full of satirical one liners and awkward moments that still have contemporary resonance.

His wife Caroline, or Carrie, is the only female who’s depicted in a flattering light, but that’s more than enough.

Everyone’s feelings get hurt over minor jokes and misunderstandings, but they end up getting over the hurt grrossmith remain friends. I had to look up some words, which perhaps I should have known, like, what’s goerge scraper? I realised that would probably be a mistake. He is so proud of his puns that he repeats them to himself and laughs out loud. It is a big deal when they get invited to social events because it happens so infrequently.


View all 4 comments. Not stodgy at all. On another occasion they meet a loud and over-opinionated American, Mr Hardfur Huttle who, Pooter realises, is like a mature version of Lupin. Ever read an old Punch magazine?

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

Pooter believes the party has failed, and is despondent, although Carrie deems it a great success. Trouble with servants, tradesmen, and dkary juniors occur regularly, along with minor social embarrassments and humiliations. And yet you can’t help but like him as he strives diayr retain his dignity, grace, and composure in the face of life’s small yet annoying trials. 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 va Thirty years before Sinclair Lewis published Babbit and set the standard for smug, self-important middle-class conformity, there was The Diary of a Nobody and Charles Pooter.

Ditto to all What a total delight. The humour is gentle but had me in stitches at times and is still as funny today as it must have been for its contemporary audience of Punch readers in the s.


I thought this book was a hoot! Pooter’s wife is always shopping, too, or sending the ‘girl’ to get a fresh leg of mutton or an ‘extra chop. The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Georg, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months.

Punch, or the Hrossmith Charivari. Retrieved 5 July Originally published on instalments in a magazine from May, to May this is the diary of the fictional Charles Pooter who justified keeping and publishing it in an Introductions where he said: Retrieved 15 Grrossmith This has created inconsistencies in later edition numbering.

Kate – January 14, Subject: Charles Pooter, who keeps a diary for 18 months around the years Well not exactly, this is a satire on being ordinary. Wikipedia articleCommons category. First serialized in Punch in andThe Diary of a Nobody was published in book form in and hasn’t been out of print since.

In the summer their son arrives from Oldham and informs his parents that he wishes henceforth to be called by his middle name, “Lupin. Pooter is disappointed when he meets her: