HAPPY BIRTHDAY – P.G. Wodehouse, born 15 October 1881
“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (known to his friends as ‘Plum’) was the creator of the wonderful Jeeves and Wooster, one of the finest comic duos in literature. He was also a journalist, poet, playwright and lyricist, so was a versatile writer. He satirised the English upper classes in his books featuring Bertie Wooster and his fabulous, superbly efficient and capable butler, Jeeves (so wonderfully acted on TV by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) and also in the Blandings Castle series of novels. However, Wodehouse actually lived many years of his life in the USA and eventually became an American citizen. He moved there after the controversy caused by the radio broadcasts he made from Germany during WWII which resulted in allegations that he was a spy and collaborator.
Wodehouse was a very prolific author, writing 96 books, as well as musical comedies and much else. He wrote golf stories, school stories, the Mr Mulliner stories, the Psmith stories, the Uncle Fred stories, Drones Club stories, and various stand-alone works. Many of his works have been adapted for film.
A fabulous way to read P.G. Wodehouse is on audio books, read by actor Jonathan Cecil. WARNING: You will laugh out loud very often!
P.G. Wodehouse died on 14 February 1975 at the age of 93.
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