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George Grossmith


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George Grossmith : The Diary of a Nobody

'Meeting held at 22 Cintra Avenue: 17. IV 40. F. E. Pollard in the chair
1. Minutes of last read & approved.
5. As an introduction to our subject of Modern English Humourists, R. H. Robson read a passage analysing the nature of Humour. Discussion followed on the distinction, if any, between wit & humour, & various alleged examples were forthcoming.
6. A. B. Dilks read from Grossmith’s Diary of a Nobody; many entries appealed to members as characteristic of themselves or their friends.
7. In the regretted absence of C. E. Stansfield, F. E. Pollard read T. Thompson’s Blitzkrieg, from the Manchester Guardian, in what purported to be the Lancashire dialect.
8 Howard R. Smith read from A. A. Milne: the reader shared fully in the mirth of the hearers.
9. M. Dilks gave us a passage from Macdonnell’s ‘England, their England’, which must have been salutary for any suffering from insular complacency.
10. Rosamund Wallis’ contribution was from P. G. Wodehouse’s ‘Carry on, Jeeves’; certain methods of being off with the old love & on with the new were characteristically indicated by the writer, effectively rendered by the reader, & clearly appreciated by the company.
11. R. H. Robson’s Saki story supplied further satire on English standards – in this case of music, & the services likely to secure a title.
12. The chapter from Barrie’s ‘Window in Thrums’, read by F. E. Pollard, told how Gavin Birse did his best to be off with the old love, but failed.
13. The idea of a Barrie evening was mooted.
[signed as a true record:] M. Stevens

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Bruce Dilks      Print: Book


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