A Conversation for PG Wodehouse - Humorist
The Duke of Dunstable Started conversation Sep 9, 1999
Collector and devotee of Wodehouse myself. Have additional material about him on my homepage at http://hem.passagen.se/jezze
As I recall, he gained american citizenship in 1957 already, some 18 years before he died. He lived to be 93.
Among the novels, I would have to point to "Luck of the Bodkins", "Uncle Fred in the springtime" "Full moon" and Leave it to Psmith".
Douglas Adams said that he only just started reading Plum when he was writing "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe", and that he can see Plum's impact on his writing starting to work almost immediately in the novel. You all be the judge...
spankymonkey Posted Sep 9, 1999
When I started at journalist college we were all asked to complete a quetionnaire. One of the questions (I don't know what their intentions were in asking it) was: "name your favourite books." I tried to stay mainly journalism oriented, and among the usual Tom Wolfe/ Norman Mailer type titles I mischievously included Psmith, Journalist.
Nothing wrong with that - he wrote with the simplicity of language that every journalist strives for, only he was genuinely funny which most journalists are not.
The Duke of Dunstable Posted Sep 10, 1999
Well, he actually was a journalist for a while. He was one of the sports referates and also had a column in "By the way" in the old Globe. This was in early century, around 1905. "Psmith, journalist" is fun, although the plot really is different from what he would normally stick to later on.
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