P. G. Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse & Sophie Ratcliffe
A Life in Letters

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The best place to meet this man is in his novels or in Mr. McCrum’s biography, not here.
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The definitive edition of the letters—many previously unpublished—of England’s greatest comic writer.


P. G. Wodehouse wrote some of the greatest comic masterpieces of all time. So, naturally, we find the same humor and wit in his letters. He offers hilarious accounts of living in England and France, the effects of prohibition, and how to deal with publishers. He even recounts cricket matches played while in a Nazi internment camp (Wodehouse wanted to show the stiff upper lip of the British in the toughest situations). Over the years, Wodehouse corresponded with relatives, friends, and some of the greatest figures of the twentieth century: Agatha Christie, Ira Gershwin, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The letters are arranged chronologically with intersecting sections of biography written by Sophie Ratcliffe. This is the only book you will need to understand the man behind the characters.
 

About P.G. Wodehouse & Sophie Ratcliffe

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P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I, when he married an American. He wrote more than ninety books, and his works, translated into many languages, won him worldwide acclaim.
 
Published February 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 641 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Charles McGrath on Mar 08 2013

We already have a life of Wodehouse, Robert McCrum’s excellent 2004 biography, and though it’s welcome to have one now in Wodehouse’s own words, this volume — a chronological selection of letters, meticulously edited — won’t change most readers’ view of him.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jan 30 2013

The best place to meet this man is in his novels or in Mr. McCrum’s biography, not here.

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Reviewed by Allan Massie on Feb 01 2013

Some may be surprised therefore to find how many of these letters are concerned with finding a plot for a story or novel...

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Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Apr 12 2013

Even on his own ludicrous terms, Wodehouse falls short, and after encountering this amiable chap in his letters, it is harder to take pleasure in his blithe fictional universe.

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