P.G. Wodehouse reading guide: from Jeeves and Blandings to the Hidden Gems

People often come to Plumtopia for advice on how to get started reading P.G. Wodehouse, the Jeeves and Wooster series in particular. There's is no single correct approach to reading Wodehouse -- if you ask a dozen Wodehouse fans, you’ll get at least a dozen different answers. Picking up the first book you come across …

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Blandings Centenary: Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse

It's a pretty special week for P.G. Wodehouse fans. June 26th will mark 100 years since the first Blandings story, Something Fresh, was serialised in the 'Saturday Evening Post'. It was published in book form later that year (in the U.S. as Something New). If Wodehouse had not gone on to write more Blandings stories, …

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On this day: P.G. Wodehouse died 14 February 1975

P.G Wodehouse had double citizenship, British and American. He became Sir Pelham Wodehouse at the age of ninety-three, receiving a knighthood in the 1975 New Year's Honours list. A month and a half later he died, of a heart attack, in a hospital on Long Island, near his home in Remsenburg. He was sitting in …

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Introducing Wodehouse to a modern audience

This piece began as a story about my search for Sebastian Faulks' new book 'Jeeves and the Wedding Bells' in my local bookshop. With the giddy excitement of a school girl, I had rushed forth to purchase my copy, but found things less straightforward than expected. The book was not filed under 'F' for Faulks …

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The four seasons of Wodehouse

It is commonly understood that, far from representing a bygone age, P.G. Wodehouse created an  idealised England that never really existed. Yet I remain determined to find fragments of Wodehouse's world in real life, and last October I immigrated to England in search of Plumtopia. I arrived in time for a glorious Autumn -  my …

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The desert island pickings of a quadragenarian

Henry glanced hastily at the mirror. Yes, he did look rather old. He must have overdone some of the lines on his forehead. He looked something between a youngish centenarian and a nonagenarian who had seen a good deal of trouble. The Man with Two Left Feet (1917) I feel much like Henry did, as …

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Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen

A response to the critic Emsworth Emsworth, that worthy critic with an equally worthy name, suggests "P.G. Wodehouse had hung on too long when he wrote The Cat-Nappers" - The Cat-Nappers being an alias for the work known to British readers as Aunts Aren't Gentlemen. Emsworth provides some good evidence that this 1974 work of …

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