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P. G. Wodehouse

15 October 1881 - 14 February 1975

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) (pronounced /ˈwʊdhaʊs/) was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of pre-war English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.

An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and Terry Pratchett. Journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens commented, "there is not, and never will be, anything to touch him."

Wodehouse's characters are often eccentric, with peculiar attachments, such as to pigs (Lord Emsworth), newts (Gussie Fink-Nottle), antique silver (Bertie's Uncle Tom Travers), golf-collectables (numerous characters) or socks (Archibald Mulliner). His "mentally negligible" good-natured characters invariably make their lot worse by their half-witted schemes to improve a bad situation.

A key figure in most Wodehouse stories is a "fixer" whose genius soars above the incompetent blather and crude bluster of most of the other characters, Jeeves being the best known example. Other characters in this vein are Lord Ickenham ("Uncle Fred") and Galahad Threepwood, who perform much the same role in the Blandings Castle stories—though never both at the same time—and Psmith, who does the same thing in the stories that bear his name.

Wodehouse was known for his consummate skill at their detailed construction and development. Typically, a relative or friend makes some demand that forces a character into a bizarre situation from which it seems impossible to recover, only to resolve itself in a clever and satisfying finale.

Source: Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._G._Wodehouse]

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  • Cover of: Right Ho, Jeeves
    First published in 1934 62 editions in 2 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition righthojeeves00pgwo Cover of edition righthojeeves0000wode_m1s3 Cover of edition righthojeeves0000wode_f0r9 Cover of edition righthojeeve00wode

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  • Cover of: Psmith, Journalist
    First published in 1915 60 editions in 1 language — 3 previewable Cover of edition psmithjournalist0000wode Cover of edition psmithjournalist00wode

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  • Cover of: Something new
    First published in 1915 49 editions in 1 language — 5 previewable Cover of edition somethingfresh0000wode_o9y7 Cover of edition somethingfresh0000wode_d2h2 Cover of edition somethingfresh0000wode_e6t7 Cover of edition somethingfresh0000wode

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  • Cover of: A damsel in distress
    First published in 1900 48 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition damselindistress0000wode_f9w0 Cover of edition damselindistress0000wode Cover of edition damseldistresswo00wode

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  • Cover of: Carry on, Jeeves
    First published in 1925 42 editions in 2 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition carryonjeeves0000wode Cover of edition carryonjeeves0000wode_i5r9 Cover of edition carryonjeevesaje0000pgwo Cover of edition carryonjeeves0000wode_p7m0

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  • Cover of: Love Among the Chickens
    First published in 1908 41 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition loveamongchicken0000wode

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  • Cover of: Indiscretions of Archie
    First published in 1921 37 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition indiscretionsofa00wode

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  • Cover of: Mike and Psmith
    First published in 1935 36 editions in 1 language — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: Uneasy Money
    First published in 1917 34 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition uneasymoney00wode

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  • Cover of: The code of the Woosters
    First published in 1938 34 editions in 1 language — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: Psmith in the City
    First published in 1910 33 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition psmithincity0000wode Cover of edition psmithincity00wode Cover of edition OL9902398M

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  • Cover of: The intrusion of Jimmy
    First published in 1910 31 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition intrusionofjimmy0000wode Cover of edition gentlemanofleisu0000wode Cover of edition intrusionjimmy00wode

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  • Cover of: My man Jeeves
    First published in 1919 30 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition mymanjeeves00pgwo

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  • Cover of: Jeeves in the offing
    First published in 1960 30 editions in 1 language — 5 previewable Cover of edition jeevesinoffing0000wode Cover of edition jeevesinoffing0000wode_e4r9 Cover of edition howrightyouareje00wode Cover of edition jeevesoffingajee00wode

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  • Cover of: The Inimitable Jeeves
    First published in 1931 29 editions in 1 language — 3 previewable Cover of edition inimitablejeeves00wode_0 Cover of edition inimitablejeeves00wode

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  • Cover of: Ring for Jeeves
    First published in 1953 28 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition returnofjeeves00wode Cover of edition ringforjeeves00wode Cover of edition ringforjeeves0000wode

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  • Cover of: Thank you, Jeeves
    First published in 1934 28 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition thankyoujeeves0000wode_g0f1

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  • Cover of: The clicking of Cuthbert
    First published in 1922 27 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition clickingofcuthbe0000wode_q3m2

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  • Cover of: The  adventures of Sally
    First published in 1922 27 editions in 2 languages — 1 previewable

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    First published in 1922 27 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition headkays00wode

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September 16, 2023 Edited by David Scotson removed some audiobook narrator names
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