JEROME, Jerome K. A collection of his early appearances in Russian, including Three Men in a Boat (in the journal Vestnik Inostrannoi Literatury), On the boards, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, and Three Men on the Bummel, 1894–1900.
1889 saw the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody). Although slated by some critics at the time, Three Men in a Boat sold in huge numbers, leading Arrowsmith to comment: ‘I pay Jerome so much in royalties, I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue. I often think the public must eat them.’ The book has never been out of print since. A few years later and translations followed, one of the earliest being into Russian, in 1894. The story of Jerome in Russia is a fascinating one, and largely unexplored. Full details available on request.
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