P.G. Wodehouse and the First World War — Great War Fiction

Yesterday I shared ‘A partial book review of Middlebrow Wodehouse’. Today I’m sharing a response from George Simmers. George writes about Wodehouse often at his blog, and contributed a piece for Middlebrow Wodehouse on Wodehouse and the First World War. All this leaves me even more determined to fork out the advertised price of the volume and read it for myself.


A while ago I wrote a chapter on Wodehouse and the War for a collection, Middlebrow Wodehouse, that tried to locate PGW in the context of his times, and of popular literature. The book appeared, and seems to have sunk without much trace. It was published at the sort of silly academic price that means […]

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9 thoughts on “P.G. Wodehouse and the First World War — Great War Fiction

  1. Yes, this was a well-balanced response and looking round the rest of his site, he has posted some very well written and well argued essays on other writers too.

    He’s also just put his own chapter online at his blog – which I am looking forward to reading when I can find a minute!

    I think we should be really asking questions about how the publishers are justifying such a ridiculous price – and calling on them to reduce it so the general populace can actually buy a copy!

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  2. Coming from that generation when only the elite or the lucky went to university, and being neither, I have never come to terms with the convoluted language of the academic, and when they turn their attention to the simplest of topics, I am left floundering in their wake. Hence when I forked out the full 95 pounds to buy Middlebrow Wodehouse on publication, operating as usual on the principle of buying everything written about him, I soon found it was Types of Ethical Theory all over again. However, inspired now by the example of a granddaughter lately reading Philosophy at St.Andrew’s, I have taken MW from the shelf, and shall make a renewed effort to profit from it. If not, there’s always eBay as an escape route.

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    1. Yes, I think I shall have to follow Murray into the market, particularly after reading George Simmers’ chapter. I’ve also been in touch with Kate Macdonald and she’s posted a comment on Moulders Lane that takes us along a bit. Pip jolly well pip

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