Not George Washington

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Never before published in the United States, this early, autobiographical novel by P.G. Wodehouse aptly describes the perils of a writer's world in London circa 1900. The protagonistan author manquéattempts by any means necessary to establish himself in literary circles. But his subterfuges backfire, his amours come a cropper, and only an ingenious, beguiling denouement saves his skin. A unique feature of the novel, which foreshadows the techniques of the mature Wodehouse, is his telling of the story from the ...
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Overview

Never before published in the United States, this early, autobiographical novel by P.G. Wodehouse aptly describes the perils of a writer's world in London circa 1900. The protagonistan author manquéattempts by any means necessary to establish himself in literary circles. But his subterfuges backfire, his amours come a cropper, and only an ingenious, beguiling denouement saves his skin. A unique feature of the novel, which foreshadows the techniques of the mature Wodehouse, is his telling of the story from the perspective of many characters. Consequently, devoted fans of Plum now have an opportunity to glimpse a genius stretching, nay perfecting, his narrative powers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780781265072
  • Publisher: Reprint Services Corporation
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read.

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 26, 2012

    A very amusing novel. I need to read it again!

    A very amusing novel. I need to read it again!

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