Mike and Psmith

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It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school, Sedleigh. The school insists that its attendees be keen, but it is sorely unprepared for boys of such foresight and resources as Mike and Psmith, who have decided to devote their energies exclusively to ragging. Readers are sure to welcome the hilarious novels of British writer P.G. Wodehouse now available from Penguin.
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It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school, Sedleigh. The school insists that its attendees be keen, but it is sorely unprepared for boys of such foresight and resources as Mike and Psmith, who have decided to devote their energies exclusively to ragging. Readers are sure to welcome the hilarious novels of British writer P.G. Wodehouse now available from Penguin.
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Released as a single volume in 1909, the first two of this trio follow the misadventures of young cricket ace Mike Jackson and his chum at school. Published a little later in Wodehouse's career 1928, Money for Nothing serves up a Romeo and Juliet-like tale of the romance between the offspring of two feuding buffoons. Typical Wodehouse British farces.
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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." --Douglas Adams

"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own." --Evelyn Waugh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788132022756
  • Publisher: Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Psmith Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) spent much of his life in Southampton, New York, but was born in England and educated in Surrey. He became an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he published more than ninety books and twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    Delightful

    This book showcases 2 of Wodehouse's finest qualities - his amazingly intuitive grasp of life at school and the psyche of its inmates and his unparalleled wit. Indeed, it is hard to go through one of his 'school stories' without revisiting one's own childhood. The book opens with Mike, a simple, unassuming yougster, for whom the love of cricket transcends everything else. A slump in the fortunes of his family lands him in a new school, rudely interrupting his progress to the captaincy of his school eleven. As a result, the new school finds a somewhat resentful young gentleman on its premises. Mike, however, is not the only new entry. He is soon joined by Psmith and a round of introductions later, the two youths decide to brave the new school and its offerings together. How they go about doing this and the ensuing events form the crux of the story. The reader is witness to an interesting study in contrasts. On the one hand, we have Mike, a normal, almost awkward youth, who transforms into the epitome of flair and confidence on the cricket field and whose attitude to life and the people around him is simple and straightforward (almost blunt), which contrasts sharply with the sophisticated Psmith, who lends an air of importance and class to every scene he's part of. The interaction between these two as also the diverse ways in which they approach difficult situations is the most enjoyable aspect of the book. All in all, a very interesting read.

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