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The Wodehouse series continues?a sparkling novel from the master of hijinks and social comedy

A penniless Englishman falls in love with a lively American girl, loses her, finds her again, is rejected, but finally discovers true love after many comic adventures. In Barmy in Wonderland this classic plot of 1920s musical comedy, so familiar to Wodehouse from his own stage works, becomes the basis for a brilliant satire on theatrical life. ...
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Overview

The Wodehouse series continues—a sparkling novel from the master of hijinks and social comedy

A penniless Englishman falls in love with a lively American girl, loses her, finds her again, is rejected, but finally discovers true love after many comic adventures. In Barmy in Wonderland this classic plot of 1920s musical comedy, so familiar to Wodehouse from his own stage works, becomes the basis for a brilliant satire on theatrical life. Featuring monstrous producers, vain film stars, impossible critics, temperamental actresses and a whole chorus of sharply drawn minor parts, this is one of Wodehouse's most enticing later novels.

With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to the legions of Wodehouse fans' libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202401
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I, when he married an American. He wrote more than ninety books, and his works, translated into many languages, won him worldwide acclaim.

Biography

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born in 1881 in Guildford, the son of a civil servant, and educated at Dulwich College. He spent a brief period working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank before abandoning finance for writing, earning a living by journalism and selling stories to magazines.

An enormously popular and prolific writer, he produced about 100 books. In Jeeves, the ever resourceful "gentleman's personal gentleman", and the good-hearted young blunderer Bertie Wooster, he created two of the best known and best loved characters in twentieth century literature. Their exploits, first collected in Carry On, Jeeves, were chronicled in fourteen books, and have been repeatedly adapted for television, radio and the stage. Wodehouse also created many other comic figures, notably Lord Emsworth, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, Psmith and the numerous members of the Drones Club. He was part-author and writer of fifteen straight plays and 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies. The Times hailed him as a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce."

P. G. Wodehouse said, "I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn ...."

Wodehouse married in 1914 and took American citizenship in 1955. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honours List. In a BBC interview he said that he had no ambitions left now that he had been knighted and there was a waxwork of him in Madame Tussaud's. He died on St. Valentine's Day, 1975, at the age of ninety-three.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (full name); P. Brooke-Haven, Pelham Grenville, J. Plum, C. P. West, J. Walker Williams, and Basil Windham
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1881
    2. Place of Birth:
      Guildford, Surrey, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 14, 1975
    2. Place of Death:
      Southampton, New York

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Good Wodehouse - a Broadway play, a fast talking actor and a likeable if bumbling protagonist. A comic novel right up there with the best.

    If you haven't read Wodehouse (pron. Woodhouse) and have just stumbled in here, this isn't a bad one to start with. Although perhaps UNCLE FRED IN THE SPRINGTIME might be better.
    If you've read Wodehouse and missed this, this is a good one to add to the pile. It was originally titled ANGEL CAKE and is from 1951, so it's later middle Wodehouse, and he's in fine form.
    Mervyn Potter is a slick talker and fast-living actor. Here he's talking about quitting drinking: "I wonder, Phipps, if you have the slighest conception what it means to be on the wagon. I shall go through the world a haunted man... Everywhere around me I shall hear the happy laughter of children as they dig into their scotch highballs, but I shall not be able to join them. I shall feel like a thirsty leper."
    The protagonist Cyril Fotheringay-Phipps is a likeable, not too smart but decent young fellow who gets swept up into Broadway show business by Mervyn. There is the usual love interest or two, lots of complications, and several variations on difficult characters. "...there was a peculiar expression on this substantial blonde's face. A bleak, austere expression. She was looking more like an aunt than anything human." Or "His face had paled. His eyes were staring. He might have been Macbeth watching the ghost of Banquo dropping in to take pot luck."
    This doesn't have Lord Emsworth or Jeeves, and it seems to be a one shot. But it's a delightful one and seems heartfelt, since Wodehouse was involved in a number of Broadway musical comedies. For instance, one can hear the resonance of experience here. "He was what was known in theatrical circles as a fixer. Once, several years before, he had made a suggestion for the improvement of a comedy which was in its death agony out of town. The suggestion was misunderstood by the producer and the mistaken suggestion saved the play. Ever since then Bernie Sampson had been a recognized dramatic doctor."
    Anyway, lots of fun. Recommended.

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