A Life

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Baker & Taylor
An affectionate portrait of the prolific twentieth-century comic writer discusses his creation of such characters as Jeeves, Psmith, and the Empress of Blandings; describes his contributions to Broadway and the London stage; details his internment in Berlin during World War II; and reveals a following of literary figures who are among his top fans. 15,000 first printing.

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To generations born a decade or more after the Second World War, P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1875) is a good, fun read and a prime source of humor perfect for public broadcasting. However, as journalist and author McCrum points out, toward the middle of his life Wodehouse emulated Wooster by broadcasting a series of talks on German radio during his internment in the Second World War. Wodehouse was apparently unaware of the consequences or the ramifications of his talks, which consisted largely of self- deprecating humor, but which also contained references to situations in Germany that implied all was a breeze, and no one had any need to worry much about the intentions of the Nazis. The rest of the world already knew better, and Wodehouse stopped being breezy, or funny, for a very long time to a large number of people. McCrum includes a welcome list of Wodehouse's literary progeny. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2004
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393051599
Branch Call Number: 823.912 W83
Characteristics: xiii, 530 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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Jul 06, 2016

A must read for fans of PG Wodehouse's remarkable writings. This book covers his history, controversy and personal life. Argues for his place as one of the greats.

Dec 07, 2012

One of the better biographies of P.G. Wodehouse--and let's face it, there have been a few. Recommended.


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