Diary Of A Nobody

Administrative / Biographical History

George Grossmith's comic novel The Diary Of A Nobody was first serialized in Punch in 1888-9. It was revised and expanded for publication in book form in 1892 (Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith), with illustrations by George's brother Weedon. It was acclaimed as one of the most amusing novels of the nineteenth century, and its popularity continued into the twentieth. The hero of the novel, Charles Pooter, has become a byword for parodic self-importance. The novel was adapted for the stage by Basil Dean in the 1950s, with help from his secretary Bertha Nicoll, and it was performed at the Arts Theatre, starring George Benson as Pooter.