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Born 15 Oct 1881 in Guildford
Died 14 Feb 1975 in Southampton
Age93 years, 3 months
P. G. Wodehouse
P. G. Wodehouse
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About P. G. Wodehouse

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. Born in Guildford, the son of a British magistrate based in Hong Kong, Wodehouse spent happy teenage years at Dulwich College, to which he remained devoted all his life. After leaving school he was employed by a bank but disliked the work and turned to writing in his spare time. His early novels were mostly school stories, but he later switched to comic fiction, creating several regular characters who became familiar to the public over the years. They include the jolly gentleman of leisure Bertie Wooster and his sagacious valet, Jeeves; the immaculate and loquacious Psmith; Lord Emsworth and the Blandings Castle set; the Oldest Member, with stories about golf; and Mr Mulliner, with tall tales on subjects ranging from bibulous bishops to megalomaniac movie moguls. Although most of Wodehouse's fiction is set in England, he spent much of his life in the US and used New York and Hollywood as settings for some of his novels and short stories. During and after the First World War, together with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, he wrote a series of Broadway musical comedies that were an important part of the development of the American musical. He began the 1930s writing for MGM in Hollywood. In a 1931 interview, his naïve revelations of incompetence and extravagance in the studios caused a furore. In the same decade, his literary career reached a new peak. In 1934 Wodehouse moved to France for tax reasons; in 1940 he was taken prisoner at Le Touquet by the invading Germans and interned for nearly a year. After his release he made six broadcasts from German radio in Berlin to the US, which had not yet entered the war. The talks were comic and apolitical, but his broadcasting over enemy radio prompted anger and strident controversy in Britain, and a threat of prosecution. Wodehouse never returned to England. From 1947 until his death he lived in the US, taking dual British-American citizenship in 1955. He was a prolific writer throughout his life, publishing more than ninety books, forty plays, two hundred short stories and other writings between 1902 and 1974. He died in 1975, at the age of 93, in Southampton, New York. Wodehouse worked extensively on his books, sometimes having two or more in preparation simultaneously. He would take up to two years to build a plot and write a scenario of about thirty thousand words. After the scenario was complete he would write the story. Early in his career he would produce a novel in about three months, but he slowed in old age to around six months. He used a mixture of Edwardian slang, quotations from and allusions to numerous poets, and several literary techniques to produce a prose style that has been compared with comic poetry and musical comedy. Some critics of Wodehouse have considered his work flippant, but among his fans are former British prime ministers and many of his fellow writers.

He is also known as Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse and P.G. Wodehouse.


P. G. Wodehouse has written:

Leave It to Psmith
1923 novel by P. G. Wodehouse
Joy in the Morning
The Little Nugget
Summer Lightning
1929 P. G. Woodhouse novel
Galahad at Blandings
Sam the Sudden
Much Obliged, Jeeves
Heavy Weather
Love Among the Chickens
Thank You, Jeeves
Service with a Smile
Bill the Conqueror
Right Ho, Jeeves
Psmith in the City
Pigs Have Wings
Laughing Gas
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Full Moon
P. G. Wodehouse novel
The Swoop!
A Pelican at Blandings
The Code of the Woosters
Ring for Jeeves
A Few Quick Ones
Lord Emsworth and Others
The Rise of Minna Nordstrom
Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend
The Custody of the Pumpkin
Indiscretions of Archie
Jill the Reckless
The Inimitable Jeeves
Ice in the Bedroom
The Mating Season
Company for Gertrude
A Damsel in Distress
Money for Nothing
My Man Jeeves
The Crime Wave at Blandings
Sunset at Blandings
The Luck Stone
Jeeves in the Offing
Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
The Pothunters
The Prince and Betty
Birth of a Salesman
Quick Service
novel by P. G. Wodehouse
The Go-getter
Uncle Dynamite
Sticky Wicket at Blandings
Mr Potter Takes a Rest Cure
Carry On, Jeeves
Very Good, Jeeves
Cocktail Time
comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse
Spring Fever
novel by P.G. Wodehouse
Monkey Business
Piccadilly Jim
Uneasy Money
William Tell Told Again
book by P. G. Wodehouse
The Gold Bat
French Leave
Louder and Funnier
The White Feather
novel by P. G. Wodehouse
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Not George Washington
The Girl on the Boat
Something Fishy
The Globe By the Way Book
The Coming of Bill
Frozen Assets
novel by P.G. Wodehouse
The Luck of the Bodkins
Barmy in Wonderland
The Adventures of Sally
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit
A Prefect's Uncle
The Small Bachelor
Bachelors Anonymous
Bring on the Girls!
Performing Flea
Hot Water
novel by P.G. Wodehouse
If I Were You
The Old Reliable
Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
The Girl in Blue
Money in the Bank
Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin
Doctor Sally
Big Money
The Head of Kay's
Summer Moonshine
Company for Henry
Over Seventy
Plum Stones