Norman Murphy caused a minor stir in literary circles when he published In Search of Blandings, which demonstrated that many of P.G. Wodehouse's legendary characters and settings were based on fact. In the two volumes of A Wodehouse Handbook, he reveals his findings across a wider field - the world that Wodehouse lived in and the sources of the many quotations and references Wodehouse used so brilliantly. In Volume 1, he tells us of Winston Churchill's first public speech; of Sam Goldwyn's typhoon that outdid Nature; how Clement Atlee made his first social protest; how the Gibson Girls kept England in suspense; of the longest golf hole ever played; and of the lady who flew the Atlantic without a map. We learn that immersion in the swimming pool (with all your clothes on) was not uncommon in a certain London club and that the home of Jeeves's Junior Ganymede is still to be found in Mayfair. The recipe for Green Swizzles is revealed at last - and a distant Wodehouse relation has provided an astonishing origin for the fabled "Buck-U-Uppo". Based on more than twenty years of searching though biographies, memoirs, obituaries and newspaper reports, Norman Murphy's discoveries encompass English and American social history from the Victorian era to the space race. He demonstrates conclusively that the world P.G. Wodehouse described was real enough. What Wodehouse did was to show the funny side of it.
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Table of ContentsContents Volume 1 List of Illustrations iii Acknowledgements v 1 Introduction 1 2 Family 5 3 Schools 14 4 Boxing 31 5 Pink 'Uns and Pelicans 40 6 Dress 49 7 Magazines and Newspapers 64 8 Style 76 9 Dulwich / 'Valley Fields' 88 10 Cricket 92 11 The Clergy. 101 12 In the West 122 13 Bertie Wooster&Jeeves. 125 14 Country Houses 135 15 Behind the Green Baize Door 147 16 At the Seaside 159 17 Cars, Trains, Planes and Ships 169 18 London Social Life 182 19 Some Aspects of Life in the Country 201 20 France 210 21 Clubs 213 22 The Empire, Big-Game Hunting and Explorers 231 23 New York and Long Island 244 24 Theatre 259 25 London Locations 280 26 Worcestershire 294 27 Golf 301 28 Hollywood 317 29 Kent 334 30 Nicknames 336 31 Offshoots 346 32 Norfolk 355 33 In Arcady 362 34 Ukridge and His Three Sources 369 35 Shropshire 380 36 Songs 385 37 Originals 393 38 Bits and Pieces 408 39 Blandings 422 40 Parrots, Pekes and the Empress of Blandings 434 41 Potty Peers 446 Bibliography 459 Index 463
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This is THE best Wodehouse resource there is (I rank it just a bit above Daniel Garrison's wonderful "Who's Who in Wodehouse" and "The Millenium Wodehouse Concordance" by Tony Ring and Geoffrey Jaggard. I have the 1st edition and will be purchasing this edition also - my current edition is pretty dog-eared from constant use. It is such a handy reference, and not just for Wodehouse books, but for other books of the era during which Wodehouse wrote. There's a reason why Wodehouse enthusiasts the world over call Norman Murphy "The Man Who Knows Almost Everything" - and this is one of them.