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Arrowsmith, Bristol. This fictitious diary details fifteen months in the life of Mr. Charles Pooter, a middle aged city clerk of lower middle-class status but significant social aspirations, living in the fictional 'Brickfield Terrace' in London.

The diary was written by George Grossmith and his brother Weedon Grossmith who also contributed the illustrations. It first appeared in Punch magazine through the years — 89, and was first printed in book form in Due to much of the humour deriving from Mr. Pooter's comical tendency toward self-importance, the book has spawned the word "Pooterish" to describe the taking of oneself excessively seriously.

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The Diary of a Nobody

Arrowsmith , Printer , Quay Street. Why should I not publish my diary? My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth. We settle down in our new home, and I resolve to keep a diary. Tradesmen trouble us a bit, so does the scraper.

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The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith , with illustrations by the latter. It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in —89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter , his wife Carrie, his son William Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months. Before their collaboration on the Diary , the brothers each pursued successful careers on the stage. George originated nine of the principal comedian roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas over 12 years from to


The great British novel about class snobbery and overweening pomposity, The Diary of a Nobody gifts the world Mr Pooter, a Victorian gentleman constantly at war with tradesmen, his feckless son and a barrage of inanimate objects. Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon Grossmith's The Diary of a Nobody is edited with an introduction and notes by Ed Glinert in Penguin Classics. Mr Pooter is a man of modest ambitions, content with his ordinary life. Yet he always seems to be troubled by disagreeable tradesmen, impertinent young office clerks and wayward friends, not to mention his devil-may-care son Lupin with his unsuitable choice of bride. In the bumbling, absurd, yet ultimately endearing character of Pooter, the Grossmith brothers created a wonderful portrait of the class system and the inherent snobbishness of the suburban middle-class suburbia - one which sends up the late Victorian crazes for Aestheticism, spiritualism and bicycling, as well as the fashion for publishing diaries by anybody and everybody. This edition contains the original illustrations by Weedon Grossmith and an introduction by Ed Glinert, author of The London Compendium , discussing the novel's serialisation in Punch , the growth of the suburbs and the figure of Mrs Pooter.

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