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Macmillan Collector's Library
The Diary of a Nobody
By (author): George Grossmith By (author): Weedon Grossmith Afterword by: Paul Bailey
9781509881390 Hardcover English FICTION / Classics Mar 26, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 6.71 x 6.99 x 0.55 in 224 pages Pan Macmillan Macmillan Collector's Library
A charming satire of middle-class suburbia by George and Weedon Grossmith, with original illustrations from the latter and an afterword by Paul Bailey. "The funniest book in the world." -Evelyn Waugh Proud to be ensconced with his wife Carrie at 'The Laurels' in the desirable London suburb of Holloway, bank clerk Charles Pooter decides to keep a diary. From the frequent visits from his dear friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing to the ups and downs of his feckless son Lupin, the self-regarding Mr Pooter considers, mistakenly, that all aspects of his life are worthy of note. The result is a hilarious spoof and a perfectly pitched satire on late Victorian society. The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece which has been hugely influential since its first publication in 1892. Designed to appeal to book lovers everywhere, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

George Grossmith enjoyed a successful career spanning four decades as an accomplished singer, comic actor and song writer. He was particularly renowned for his performances in a number of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. George's younger brother, Weedon Grossmith, trained as an artist and worked as a portrait painter before turning his hand to acting and playwriting. The brothers shared a gift for comedy and from 1888 to 1889 they collaborated on a series of brilliantly observed columns in Punch magazine featuring the diary of an impossibly pompous lower middle class bank clerk named Charles Pooter. The Diary of a Nobody went on to be published in book form in 1892 and it has been in print ever since. Paul Bailey is a British writer and literary critic. In 1974, he was awarded the E. M. Forster Award and in 1978 he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay "The Limitations of Despair," first published in The Listener magazine.

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