The Swoop! and the Military Invasion of America

Overview

Clarence Chugwater is not a Boy Scout for nothing. It is summer 1909 and everyone is too interested in country cricket to notice that England have been invaded by the Germans. And the Russians. And the Chinese. Not to mention a ‘boisterous band of Young Turks’, a mad Mullah and a brace of North African pirates. The government has recently abolished the army so there is nothing to be done about it anyway, except give a masterly display of polite indifference. But this would be to reckon without patriotic Clarence,...

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Overview

Clarence Chugwater is not a Boy Scout for nothing. It is summer 1909 and everyone is too interested in country cricket to notice that England have been invaded by the Germans. And the Russians. And the Chinese. Not to mention a ‘boisterous band of Young Turks’, a mad Mullah and a brace of North African pirates. The government has recently abolished the army so there is nothing to be done about it anyway, except give a masterly display of polite indifference. But this would be to reckon without patriotic Clarence, ‘Boy of Destiny’, who alone is prepared to stand up to the foe, and who devises an unorthodox plan to restore his country to freedom . . . Written as a satire on the popular ‘Invasion literature’ of the period, The Swoop! is an amusing jeu d’esprit in which the young Wodehouse gives full rein to his sense of the absurd. The Everyman edition reprints the 33 black and white drawings by C. Harrison that accompanied the original text, and also includes The Military Invasion of America, in which Clarence’s story is humorously transplanted across the Atlantic. 

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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." —Douglas Adams
 
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“Wodehouse’s novels are the very definition of British humor—bubblingly witty and dryly loony. And as Overlook continues its reissue of these absurd souffles, you can buy the work for yourself in suave hardcover volumes, the dust jackets as natty as the prose.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Writers from Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell to Frank McCourt and Ben Elton have praised not only Wodehouse's comic genius but also his impeccable craftsmanship . . . Each element in a Wodehouse plot, however comically familiar, is irreplaceable.” D\—Boston Globe

“The jokes in Wodehouse aren’t like anyone else’s jokes, because they depend less on punch lines than on how he manipulates the language—flawlessly, but with a well-honed sense of fun.” —Newsweek
 
“P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century.” —Sebastian Faulks
 
“The works of Wodehouse continue on their unique way, unmarked by the passage of time.” —Kingsley Amis
 
“A brilliantly funny writer—perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced.” —The Times (London)
 
“Sublime comic genius.” —Ben Elton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468308341
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 4/10/2014
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 275,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.62 (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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