Джером Клапка Джером хорошо известен как писатель-юморист не только на родине, но и во многих других странах.
Джером родился в Англии 2 мая 1859 года в семье разорившегося бизнесмена. Его семья переехала в Лондон, но отец и там не сумел преуспеть в делах. Он не мог оплатить свои долги. Поэтому, Джером вырос в бедности. Его отец умер в 1871 и, вместо того, чтобы закончить школу, Джером вынужден был идти работать, чтобы помочь семье. Он получил место клерка на Лондонской железной дороге и зарабатывал 2 фунта в неделю.
Позже Джером занялся преподаванием,
В свободное время Джером пытался писать пьесы, истории, статьи, но ничего не публиковалось.
Первым литературным успехом Джерома была комедия в одном действии, представленная в театре Глоуб в 1886 и некоторое время входившая в его репертуар.
Джером К. Джером умер в 1927.
Перевод на английский язык
Jerome Klapka Jerome is well known as a writer-humourist not only in his country but in many other countries as well.
Jerome was born in England on May 2, 1859 in the family of a ruined businessman. His family moved to London, but the father was unsuccessful there too. He couldn’t pay his debts. So, Jerome was brought up in poverty. His father died in 1871 and instead of finishing school, Jerome was forced to go to work to support his family. He got the place of a clerk in the London Railway Office and received two pounds a week.
Later Jerome took up teaching, journalism and acting. He was an actor for three years, first in amateur performances, then at small theatres. However, he didn’t have enough money to live on and often went hungry without a place to sleep in.
In his spare time Jerome tried writing plays, stories and articles but nothing was published.
Jerome’s first literary success was a one-act comedy which was performed in the Globe Theatre in 1886 and ran for some time. In 1889 a collection of his articles and short stories about theatre life was published. Later they made up a book under the title of “The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow”, which became very popular in England. In the same year, Jerome’s best book “Three Men in a Boat” appeared. These two were translated into several languages and made the author notable. Later Jerome travelled all over Europe and wrote several books but the readers didn’t appreciate them. In 1899 he visited Petersburg and was met with enthusiasm. He knew a lot about Russian literature. Several times Jerome expressed his anticolonial views on the policy of Britain and China. His last book was his autobiography “My Life and Time”.
Jerome K. Jerome died in 1927.