My favourite books 19: The Diary of a NobodyPosted: June 12, 2011
First published episodically in Punch, 1892. This edition, Penguin 1975
This really needs no introduction – I have several ancient anthologies of humour which fail to crack a smile from front to back, but Diary of a Nobody remains a classic, sending up ponderous Victorian suburbia with knowing wit.
Penguin kept this mid-60s cover treatment going for years after the rest of the Modern Classics line had moved on – it’s simple and effective, and an aesthetic delight.