Plum Sauce: A P.G. Wodehouse Companion

Overview

In Plum Sauce, Richard Usborne-long regarded as the world's leading authority on P. G. Wodehouse-brings together the best of his much admired commentary on the great man's words to form the perfect companion to the nearly one hundred novels of "the most consistently funny writer the English language has yet produced" (The Times).

Plum Sauce also contains snippets of Wodehouse's most outrageously hilarious prose, organized in categories from Animals ("Beach's bullfinch continued ...

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Overview

In Plum Sauce, Richard Usborne-long regarded as the world's leading authority on P. G. Wodehouse-brings together the best of his much admired commentary on the great man's words to form the perfect companion to the nearly one hundred novels of "the most consistently funny writer the English language has yet produced" (The Times).

Plum Sauce also contains snippets of Wodehouse's most outrageously hilarious prose, organized in categories from Animals ("Beach's bullfinch continued to chirp reflectively to itself, like a man trying to remember a tune in his bath") to menservants ("Jeeves lugged my purple socks out of the drawer as if he were a vegetarian fishing a caterpillar out of a salad"). Usborne introduces in depth all the beloved major characters-Jeeves and Wooster, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred, Lord Emsworth, and the Blandings circle-and sketches the rest of the Wodehouse cast-from Gussie Fink-Nottle to the chorus of Aunts and Drones. Lavishly illustrated with original dust jacket artwork and sketches from the Strand Magazine, Plum Sauce is the ultimate source for both aficionados and novices just beginning to "scratch the old lemon."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Evelyn Waugh once said that Wodehouse was a "master who could produce on average three uniquely brilliant and entirely original similes to each page." Auberon, Waugh's son, called Wodehouse "our greatest literary craftsman." Wodehouse's comic novels-all 92 of them!-plus his collections of short stories remain among the best loved in contemporary literature. Usborne, who edited and annotated Wodehouse's unfinished final novel, Sunset at Blandings, has produced a wonderfully witty and useful guidebook to the comic novelist's fictional worlds. By way of introduction, he offers 30 "postulates" for reading Wodehouse. These include such gems as "All butlers have port in their pantries" and "Old nannies are a menace. They know too much." Usborne gracefully summarizes Wodehouse's books and offers extended reflections on such memorable characters as Psmith, Bertie Wooster, and Jeeves. In addition, he features Wodehouse "nuggets," pithy and unforgettable quotations on subjects ranging from aunts and writers to children, manservants, and animals, mostly dogs. Wodehouse fans will not want to be without this charming book; those unfamiliar with his comic genius will find that it serves as a delightful introduction. Recommended for all libraries.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585674411
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 423,899
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Usborne was born in India in 1910. After attending Oxford, he was assistant editor of the Strand Magazine, in which most of Wodehouse's stories first appeared. In addition to several previous volumes on Wodehouse, he edited and annotated the unfinished final Wodehouse novel, Sunset at Blandings.
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Table of Contents

Note
Introduction
Suspension of Disbelief - Thirty postulates for relaxed reading of P. G. Wodehouse
Psmith
The School Stories
Ukridge
The Light Novels
Lord Emsworth and Blandings
Uncle Fred
Insulting the Wodehouse Way
Bertie Wooster
Jeeves
58 Other Memorable People and a Memorable Pig
Gally's Old Friends and Enemies
92 Books
The Other Short Stories
Fictional Authors and Their Books Found in Wodehouse
The French for Wodehouse
How Do I Look (Sound, Etc.)?
Drink
Church
Children
Menservants
The Female of the Species
Writers
Animals, Mostly Dogs
Aunts
Golf
Smells
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

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    Program, program, get your program here! You can't tell Bertie Wooster from Bingo Little without a program. Well, you can, but how about Honoria Glossop from Madeline Bassett? Yes, Corky Pirbright from Pongo Twistleton? The Empress of Blandings from Dame Daphne Winkworth? You get the idea. Here's the program. And just in time too. Those intrepid souls-- or if you like, hapless addicts-- of the Master who embark on the foolhardy attempt to savor all his works, in order, no less, have at last the needed map to navigate those perilous waters. In the '92 Books' section, you can find not only synopses of all the novels, but also the alternate US and UK titles, so you don't keep buying the same book under different names. Not only that, but there are black and white reproductions of the covers of many first editions. Usborne also introduces the personnel who people the various sagas, if they may be so called, in the Jeeves and Wooster, Blandings Castle, Mr. Mulliner, drones and golf stories. For the seasoned Plum reader, Usborne introduces the one-off, light comic novels that don't feature recurring characters, but which yet number among his very best. Which is to say that Plum Sauce is a spiff- cum- oojah guide to all things Wodehouse.

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