Author(s): George Grossmith; Weedon Grossmith
The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith. It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in 1888-89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text in 1892. The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months. Set in the late Victorian era, the diary accurately documents the manners, customs, trends and experiences of the time. Victorian society, social class and self-importance are just some of the themes explored in these humorous, yet strikingly familiar everyday situations. The wits and creativity with which Grossmith cautiously illustrates Victorian society and its synthetic values throughout the novel, is what truly marks the novel as a work of genius.
The funniest book in the world -- Evelyn Waugh The funniest book I know -- William Trevor Mail on Sunday
George Grossmith, son of a law reporter and entertainer, was born in 1847. For some years he worked as a journalist, reporting Police Court proceedings for The Times, and in 1870 began his career as a singer and entertainer. His special connection with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, many of the chief parts of which were his 'creations' began at the Opera Comique. His A Society Clown: Reminiscences was published in 1888, followed by a further volume of reminiscences, Piano and I: Further Remembrances. He died in 1912. Weedon Grossmith, brother of George, was born in 1854. He was educated at the Slade and the Royal Academy with a view to following a career as a painter, and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy.Joining a theatre company in 1885, he toured the provinces and America. His novel, A Woman with a History, was published in 1896, and the best-known of his many plays, The Night of the Party, was published in 1901. He died in 1919.