Robinson, thus, in concert with Gillray, boldly reverses the familiar configuration--Nobody as a common man, Somebody as a person of consequence--and thereby disparages elite Somebodies in much the same way as earlier political caricature did, by deeming them Nobodies. Lady Languid's anger registers this: "Impertinence and Envy, but the Vulgar live upon the follies of the fashionable world" (1.3); she later cries, "This is to be the Slave of Fashion!
Ocher prints that burlesque female Nobodies include Richard Newton's Shepherds I have lost my Waist!
In just one day, 499 copies were winding their way down different streets to different homes where 499 nobodies set them on their coffee tables for their families and friends to read over and over.
That's what you, I, and all of the other nobodies want--the plain, unvarnished truth."
Fuller admits that Somebodies and Nobodies
is a personal book, neither scholarly nor academic.
"There are millions of nobodies
, decent people who are never heard from."
In her article about memoirs by "nobodies
" ("those who are neither generals, statesmen, celebrities nor their kin"), Lorraine Adams omits the 1892 book, Diary of a Nobody, the first so named and one of the funniest books in the English language.
THIS SPRING THERE ARE MORE MEMOIRS than last spring by, for want of a better term, "nobodies
," those who are neither generals, statesmen, celebrities nor their kin.