Augustus Carp Esq by Himself

First published in 1924, Augustus Carp Esq is a spoof autobiography: a deadpan comic account of a climb to the heights of mediocrity by a humourless, religious oaf told in his own self-important, sermonizing tone.

Augustus Carp  Esq  by Himself

A Churchwarden, Sunday school superintendent, and President of the St Potamus Purity League, Augustus Carp is assiduous in exposing the sins and foibles of others while studiously ignoring his own. Although he campaigns against lechery, drinking, and smoking, he manages to indulge himself in plenty of other vices in the name of piety. The more seriously Carp takes himself, the more ridiculous he becomes. His frequent falls from dignity are uproarious—from his inability to climb off buses without falling over to his lifelong problems with flatulence. As a satire on hypocrisy, there is nothing quite like it in English prose.

Augustus Carp Esq by Himself

This edition features the splendidly droll illustrations by Punch artist Marjorie Blood from the original publication.

Augustus Carp  Esq   by Himself

Meet our memoirist, Augustus Carp, a self-proclaimed "good man" who relishes every opportunity to condemn the weaknesses of others while excusing his own failings. In this spoof autobiography, the pompous narrator enthusiastically recounts his mundane achievements with unwitting hilarity, making frequent asides to bemoan the sins of lesser mortals. Much of the story's ironic humor derives from his delivery; the more seriously Carp takes himself, the more ridiculous he appears. This riotous fable is supported by a cast of delightfully eccentric and grotesque characters: Abraham Stool, manufacturer of the famous Adult Gripe Water; schoolteacher Mr. Beerthorpe, inevitably known to his charges as "Beery"; the Rev. Eugene Cake, author of such improving fiction as Gnashers of Teeth; and other memorable personalities. A cult classic and comic gem, the book was originally published anonymously in 1924 and rediscovered decades later, when its author was revealed as a genteel (and discreet) London physician. This edition features the splendidly droll illustrations by Punch artist Marjorie Blood from the original publication.

Augustus Carp Esq

A satire, originally anonymous, first published in the United Kingdom in May 1924 and later that year in the United States.

Augustus Carp  Esq

It is customary, I have noticed, in publishing an autobiography to preface it with some sort of apology. But there are times, and surely the present is one of them, when to do so is manifestly unnecessary. In an age when every standard of decent conduct has either been torn down or is threatened with destruction; when every newspaper is daily reporting scenes of violence, divorce, and arson; when quite young girls smoke cigarettes and even, I am assured, sometimes cigars; when mature women, the mothers of unhappy children, enter the sea in one-piece bathing-costumes; and when married men, the heads of households, prefer the flicker of the cinematograph to the Athanasian Creed -- then it is obviously a task, not to be justifiably avoided, to place some higher example before the world. For some time -- I am now forty-seven -- I had been feeling this with increasing urgency. And when not only my wife and her four sisters, but the vicar of my parish, the Reverend Simeon Whey, approached me with the same suggestion, I felt that delay would amount to sin. That sin, by many persons, is now lightly regarded, I am, of course, only too well aware. That its very existence is denied by others is a fact equally familiar to me. But I am not one of them. On every ground I am an unflinching opponent of sin. I have continually rebuked it in others. I have strictly refrained from it in myself. And for that reason alone I have deemed it incumbent upon me to issue this volume.

Augustus Carp Esq

But the innocent laughter that the words always provoked in us was quite
sufficient , in the opinion of myself and my comrades , to rob them of any
semblance of deliberate untruthfulness . It would then become the turn of the
previously silent ...

Augustus Carp  Esq


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The Listener

Augustus Carp , Esq . by Himself was first published in 1924 , though everything
about it in fact harks back to the late Victorian era . It purports to be the
autobiography of a Really Good Man , who has been involved actively with the
Non ...

The Listener


Trading Twelves

Authors Born between 1880 and 1889 Sir Henry Howarth Bashford ( 1880 - 1961
) In 1988 , an anonymous reviewer for The New Yorker said that Augustus Carp ,
Esq , By Himself , Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man ( 1924 ) was ...

Trading Twelves

British writers of the 20th century have used humor in various ways in their works. This book surveys humor in British literature from Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) through Douglas (Noel) Adams (1952-). The volume is divided into ten chapters, with the first chapter covering authors born between 1855 and 1869, and with later chapters each covering authors born during a particular decade. Each chapter discusses the humor, satire, parody, irony, comedy, and wit of individual authors and gives extensive bibliographical information about other critics who have done the same. The book is arranged chronologically according to the birth year of the author being discussed. Through this chronological arrangement, the reader may trace the evolution of British literary humor over time. An index allows the reader to locate individual authors alphabetically.

The Freethinker

HA REALLY GOOD MAN " an Actor Kenneth Williams confessed that he had
EXPENSIVE PROMISES trouble stifling laughter when he read Augustus Carp ,
Esq . , by Himself at the microphone . It is Former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim
has ...

The Freethinker


The Dog Chairman

And I knew I had met the first man beside myself who had ever heard of Augustus
Carp Esq : By himself : Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man . The only
other work it compares with is Diary of a Nobody , but where Pooter grovels ...

The Dog Chairman


The Antioch Review

St . John de Crèvecoeur : The Life of an American Farmer , 46 : 275 spr ' 88
Augustus Carp Esq . by Himself : Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man
by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford , 46 : 276 spr ' 88 Avedon , Elizabeth . Eric Fischl
 ...

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The New Yorker

Augustus Carp, Esq., by Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man,
by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford (Penguin ... Augustus Carp proves to be a dullard
in the classroom, but he has already acquired, at his litigious father's corpulent ...

The New Yorker


The English Review

AUGUSTUS CARP , Esq . By “ HIMSELF . " Heinemann . 75. 6d . net . This story
of a really good man has been hailed as the work of a new humorist , but it is
more accurate to describe it as a painstaking pathological study of that form of ...

The English Review


The Living Age

studies of trade , Puritanism , and Judaism in their relation to capitalism .
Augustus Carp , Esq . , by himself . London : In this assemblage of small lectures
and articles Heinemann , 1924. 78. 6d . we meet the whole fascinating
personality of ...

The Living Age


T P s and Cassell s Weekly

... London , W.C.2 , marking your envelope “ T.P.'s and Cassell's Weekly ” in the
top left hand corner , " Augustus Carp , Esq . " By Himself . ... Carp , senior ,
settles on the infant's name : " I shall call him Augustus , " he said , “ after myself .

T P  s and Cassell s Weekly


Country Life

THER THER MASTEX ASTEX Augustus Carp Esq . By Himself — Women ” in our
literature , inta “ Tus is better than tin " ? That was able if they were around , but
saf republished eight years ago , with an love because they are in literat ...

Country Life


Waterstone s Guide to Books

Marc Time ( M40 ) Hodder pbk £ 2.95 People Like Us ( M41 ) Hodder hbk £ 4.95
The Times We Live In ( M42 ] Cape pbk £ 2.50 * AUGUSTUS CARP ' Augustus
Carp Esquire by Himself : Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man The ...

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