Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog)
by Jerome K. Jerome (1888
George, Harris, Jerome, and of course, their dog Montmorency, set off on a boating holiday up the River Thames. What begins as a serious travelogue devolves into a raucous adventure, rife with cultural commentary and humor that feels shockingly modern. Upon release, this comedic book was dismissed as vulgar and immature — only to be rediscovered and cherished by later generations more open to, shall we say, a raunchier sense of humor.