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Author: Jerome K. Jerome Narrator: Hubert Gregg Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780003733
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“The world has been very kind to this book. I have written books that have appeared to be more clever, books that have appeared to be more humorous, but it is as the author of Three Men In A Boat (to Say Nothing Of The Dog) that the public persists in remembering me. Certain critics used to suggest that it was the vulgarity of the book, its entire absence of humor, that accounted for its success with the people. But one feels by this time that such a suggestion does not solve the riddle. Bad art may succeed for a time and with a limited public. It does not go on extending its circle for nearly half a century. I have come to the conclusion, be the explanation what it may, I can take credit to myself for having written this book. That is, if I did write it, for really I hardly remember doing so. I remember only feeling very young and absurdly pleased with myself, for reasons that concern only myself. It was summertime, and London is so beautiful in summer. It lay beneath my window, a fairy city veiled in golden mist, for I worked in a room high above the chimney pots, and at night the lights shone far beneath me, so that I looked down as into an Aladdin’s cave of jewels. It was during those summer months I wrote this book. It seemed the only thing to do.”—Jerome K. Jerome

An early life of poverty exacerbated by the death of his parents in his early teens helped to cruelly mold the young Jerome. After early stints on the railways as an actor, a journalist, a schoolteacher, a writer, and a solicitors clerk, he had some minor success with a collection of comic memoirs, On the Stage—and Off, about his earlier stint as an actor. Shortly thereafter he married and his honeymoon on the Thames became the inspiration for Three Men in a Boat. This, of course, was a wild success both critically and commercially and also his creative high point. Although he was now able to write full time, he was never able to attain all the heights of that classic humorous novel, here brought to your ears by Hubert Gregg.

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About the Author

Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927), English humorist, novelist, and playwright, was born in Staffordshire and brought up in London. After a series of jobs including clerk, schoolmaster, actor, and journalist, he became joint editor of the Idler in 1892 and launched his own twopenny weekly, To-Day. His magnificently ridiculous Three Men in a Boat (1889) established itself as a humorous classic of the whimsical. His other books include Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886); Three Men on the Bummel (1900); Paul Kelver (1902); the morality play The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1907); and his autobiography, My Life and Times (1926).

About the Narrator

Hubert Gregg (1914-2004) was an English actor, director, lyric writer, author, playwright, and broadcaster. He became famous on the stage in the years just before World War I, and wrote the anthem of wartime London, “Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner.” However, Gregg is probably best remembered as a consummate broadcaster, particularly for his later radio programs with an emphasis on nostalgia such as I Call It Genius, Hubert Gregg Remembers, Now and Then, and others.