In the history of English literature Jerome K. Jerome
occupies a modest place. He cannot be compared with Dickens,
Thackeray, or Bernard Shaw, but he is well known as a
writer-humorist not only in his country but in another
Jerome Klapka Jerome was born in England on May 2,
1859 into the family of ruined businessman. Jerome's
childhood was poor and sad. He could not finish school
because his father died in 1871 and the boy had to begin
working to support his family. First he worked as a clerk.
Later he took up teaching journalism and acting. For three
years he was an actor and had to play different parts. He
had very little money and often went hungry and had no
place to sleep.
In his free moments Jerome tried to write. He wrote plays,
stories and articles, but nothing was published.
His first literary success was a one-act comedy which was
performed in the Globe theatre in London in 1886.
In 1889 a collection of his articles was published. They
were published as a book under the title "The Idle Thoughts of
an Idle Fellow". This book became very popular in England,
and it was published 105 times in 4 years. In 1889 Jerome's
best book "Three Men in a Boat" also came out.
"The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" and "Three Men in a
Boat" made the author famous. The books were translated
into several European languages.
In the following years Jerome published several books
and plays. He went travelling all over Europe and in 1899 he
visited St. Petersburg, where he was met with enthusiasm. He
knew Russian literature very well.
Jerome K. Jerome also wrote serious books, but the public
didn't like them.
He criticized German imperialism and the policy of Britain
Jerome's last book was his autobiography "My Life and Time". He died in 1927.
The works of Jerome are full of humour and they can't but amuse the reader.
1. When and where was Jerome K. Jerome born?
2. What was his father?
3. How old was the boy when he began to work?
4. What was Jerome's first profession?
5. What did he do in his free moments?
6. What did he try to write?
7. What book was his first literary success?
8. What was Jerome's best book that made him famous?
modest — скромный
to compare — сравнивать
to ruin — разорять
to be a success — иметь успех
to amuse — забавлять, развлекать