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Psmith in the City

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When Psmith finds himself working in the City for the pompous Mr. Bickersdyke, he makes it his mission to bring a little sweetness and light into the bank manager's life. The monocled wit with the suave manner and the chivalrous but devil-may-care attitude to life is determined not to let honest toil depress him. The consequence is a series of battles in which Bickersdyke comes off worst and Wodehouse's readers best.

Wodehouse's heroes, Psmith and Mike, are sent by ...

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Overview

When Psmith finds himself working in the City for the pompous Mr. Bickersdyke, he makes it his mission to bring a little sweetness and light into the bank manager's life. The monocled wit with the suave manner and the chivalrous but devil-may-care attitude to life is determined not to let honest toil depress him. The consequence is a series of battles in which Bickersdyke comes off worst and Wodehouse's readers best.

Wodehouse's heroes, Psmith and Mike, are sent by their fathers to work for a bank in London, but the bank's ponderous ritual is no match for Psmith's flippant irresponsibility. Psmith expects the financiers to join in with his light-hearted attitute toward life--at least until Mike and he stop working for them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780554237596
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Series: Psmith Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (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

Table of Contents

1 Mr Bickersdyke Walks Behind the Bowler's Arm 11
2 Mike Hears bad News 19
3 The New Era Begins 24
4 First Steps in a Business Career 30
5 The Other Man 37
6 Psmith Explains 42
7 Going into Winter Quarters 48
8 The Friendly Native 55
9 The Haunting of Mr Bickersdyke 63
10 Mr Bickersdyke Addresses His Constituents 69
11 Misunderstood 76
12 In a Nutshell 82
13 Mike is Moved on 89
14 Mr Waller Appears in a New Light 94
15 Stirring Times on the Common 101
16 Further Developments 109
17 Sunday Supper 115
18 Psmith Makes a Discovery 123
19 The Illness of Edward 129
20 Concerning a Cheque 135
21 Psmith Makes Inquiries 140
22 And Takes Steps 147
23 Mr Bickersdyke Makes a Concession 151
24 The Spirit of Unrest 160
25 At the Telephone 165
26 Breaking the News 170
27 At Lord's 176
28 Psmith Arranges His Future 184
29 And Mike's 190
30 The Last Sad Farewells 197
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