Not George Washington

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This early novel, written in collaboration with a friend of Wodehouse, is a fascinating curiosity which suggests that Wodehouse might have become a very different, experimental sort of writer, had he continued to write in the same vein.
Using multiple narrators, playing with literary stereotypes and identities, it tells the story of an ambitious young writer, James Orlebar Cloyster, who combines mild and affable manners with very few principles. All the main characters are just ...

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Overview

This early novel, written in collaboration with a friend of Wodehouse, is a fascinating curiosity which suggests that Wodehouse might have become a very different, experimental sort of writer, had he continued to write in the same vein.
Using multiple narrators, playing with literary stereotypes and identities, it tells the story of an ambitious young writer, James Orlebar Cloyster, who combines mild and affable manners with very few principles. All the main characters are just as unscrupulous, ready to cheat and lie in pursuit of their ends, hence the title of the book.
Not George Washington also invites readers to reflect on the nature of talent, fame, failure and success, villainy and honor—themes which continued to recur in the author’s work for another sixty years. 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781468309683
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 10/30/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 540,830
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.86 (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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