Forgotten Classics: “The Diary of a Nobody”

August 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Fiction, Forgotten Classics, Humor | Leave a comment

Here is another of those little books one just can’t do without.  Sarah Ban Breathnach advises that one keep a drawer stocked with chocolates and miniature bottles of booze in case of one of Those Days; I advise that one keep that drawer full of Forgotten Classics instead.


The Diary of a Nobody is about a middle-class Victorian Englishman, Charles Pooter, and his quotidian affairs.  He believes his life is full of drama; his friends and family don’t, for instance when he wants to describe his dreams of the night before and they forbid him because he’s boring.  He isn’t boring, though.  The book is full of slapstick humor, bad puns, and poor Pooter usually missing the fact that he’s the butt of everyone’s jokes.


The Diary of a Nobody, written by George and Weedon Grossmith, was first published in book form in 1892, after appearing as a series in the magazine Punch.  I was going to say that it would be a fantastic movie, but I just checked and it was actually made into one just last year!  I would probably know these things if I had a TV.  You can download the e-book, but I advise that you get it in print because it has really fine illustrations.

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