The Uncollected Wodehouse

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Overview

For all fans of the incomparable and outrageously funny portrayer of English upper-class life, here is a necessary addition to the Wodehouse shelf. Taken mostly from old newspapers and magazines, these previously uncollected articles and short stories were written early in Wodehouse's literary career. Included are the only mystery story Wodehouse ever wrote, the first of his many articles for Punch, a hilarious spoof of the advertising world, amusing accounts of British public school life, and many other collector's delights.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Unmistakably Wodehousian . . . gives the reader more of Wodehouse than he thought he would ever have.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558821194
  • Publisher: International Polygonics, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

P. G. Wodehouse
Comic timing would seem less of the essence in literature until you read the English wit of P. G. Wodehouse, who shows just how a well-placed comment or properly inflected phrase can create a response that is often all too rare during a reading session: A loud, hearty laugh.

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

Foreword ix
Introduction 1
Part 1 Early Newspaper and Magazine Articles 3
1900-1909 5
Some Aspects of Game-Captaincy 6
An Unfinished Collection 7
Damon and Pythias 9
The Haunted Tram 11
The New Advertising 12
1914-1919 14
The Secret Pleasures of Reginald 15
My Battle with Drink 17
In Defense of Astigmatism 19
Photographers and Me 22
A Plea for Indoor Golf 24
The Alarming Spread of Poetry 25
My Life as a Dramatic Critic 28
The Agonies of Writing a Musical Comedy 30
On the Writing of Lyrics 33
The Past Theatrical Season 36
Part 2 Uncollected Short Stories 39
When Papa Swore in Hindustani 40
A Corner in Lines 45
The Autograph Hunters 58
Tom, Dick, and Harry 64
The Good Angel 73
The Man Upstairs 87
Misunderstood 102
Pillingshot, Detective 109
When Doctors Disagree 120
The Best Sauce 135
Pots O' Money 149
Ruth in Exile 164
Death at the Excelsior 178
The Test Case 200
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