by Grossmith, George; illustrated by Weedon Grossmith
Bristol UK: J.W. Arrowsmith; Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co, . Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed "To Mrs. King Hall by George Grossmith." The recipient, Isabella Maud Preston Hall, was the wife of composer Charles King Hall, and the couple had many connections with the theater and the Grossmiths. Presentation copies of the classic of British humor are quite rare. The novel was published as part of Arrowmith's Three & Sixpenny Series. George Grossmith (1847 -1912) was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer. His performing career spanned more than four decades. As a writer and composer, he created 18 comic operas, nearly 100 musical sketches, some 600 songs and piano pieces, three books and both serious and comic pieces for newspapers and magazines. Grossmith is now best remembered for two aspects of his career. First, he created a series of memorable characters in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1877 to 1889, including Sir Joseph Porter, in H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance (1880) and Ko-Ko in The Mikado (1885-87). Second, he wrote, in collaboration with his brother Weedon, the 1892 comic novel The Diary of a Nobody. Grossmith had collaborated with his brother Weedon Grossmith to expand a series of amusing columns they had written in 1888-89 for Punch to publish The Diary of a Nobody as a novel. The book is a sharp analysis of social insecurity, and Charles Pooter, the middle-aged, middle class "nobody," was immediately recognized as one of the great comic characters of English literature. Bound in original orange cloth with black and blue designs, title and authors to spine and front cover. Some bumping and soiling but still nice. Light offsetting to front and rear free endpaper. Tender hinges but textblock is tight. Frontispiece portraits of George and Weedon, and Weedon's b&w illustrations throughout. Very good condition. 300 pages plus two pages of advertisements. Wolff 2818. LIT/071816.
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