Had his only contribution to literature been Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle, his place in history would have been assured. Had he written of none but Mike and Psmith, he would be cherished today as the best and brightest of our comic authors. If Jeeves and Wooster had been his solitary theme, still he would be hailed as The Master. If he had given us only Ukridge, or nothing but recollections of the Mulliner family, or a pure diet of golfing stories, Wodehouse would nonetheless be considered immortal. That he gave us all those and more - so much more - is our good fortune and a testament to the most industrious, prolific and beneficent author ever to have sat down, scratched his head and banged out a sentence.' Stephen Fry
PG Wodehouse was born on the 15th October 1881 in Guildford,
Surrey, and was educated at Dulwich College between 1894 &
In 1900 he entered the employ of the Hong Kong & Shanghai bank at e80 per year, where he began writing articles for various newspapers & periodicals. In 1902 he resigned from the bank and
in the same year his 1st novel The Pothunters was published.
On the 25th April 1904 Plum arrived in New York for the first time. This was the beginning of Plum's career in musicals and editorships.
As the money started to come in Plum bought a car (a Darracq Auto), and after one lesson he crashed the car into a hedge and never drove again.
In 1929 he signed a contract to work as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He complained of being paid far too much money for far too little work... This caused a mini public relations storm in the US press. In1932 Plum returned to England for a short time before settling in France. And in 1940, Germany occupied France and Plum was interned.
Wodehouse made a series of radio broadcasts which were widely misconstrued. He was vilified and persecuted by the BBC and the English press. Confidential records now released show that Wodehouse was totally innocent of the accusations, guilty perhaps, only of a little naivety. In 1947 Plum moved back to to the USA and in 1955 he became a US citizen.
In 1967 British Prime Minister James Callaghan blocked a Knighthood.
In 1974 his last complete novel Aunts aren't Gentlemen was published.
In 1975 he was finally knighted by the Queen. But Plum's health was so poor his Doctor forbade the trip to England.
It is believed that the Queen Mother felt so strongly for Wodehouse, and at the appalling treatment he had received, that she wanted to travel to the US and Knight him herself.
However once again Government interference unjustly stopped this, and on the 14th Feb 1975 Plum sadly died in hospital - "after a good morning's work on his latest novel" . Wodehouse was the quintessential British author who only now receives the full credit he deserves.
Two non-Jeeves titles from 1947 and 1926, respectively, are the latest in Overlook's series of sweet little hardcover Wodehouse reprints. Like the O'Donnells above, these, too, are a novel (Full Moon) and a collection of shorts. Wodehouse never goes out of style, so jump on these. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to
release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome
than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight
in." * Evelyn Waugh *
"Nothing will ever dim the brilliance of Wodehouse's world or flatten his ever-sprightly and always entertaining prose" -- John Mortimer * The Sunday Times *
"Pure word music" * Douglas Adams *
"The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" * The Independent *
"The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare" * Evening Standard *