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 a chair, with a three-quarters-finished new Blandings novel in typescript and autograph notes around him. He had gone into hospital for tests to establish a cause, and indicate a cure, for a troublesome skin rash. He had been working right to the end. Richard Usborne … Continue reading On this day: P.G. Wodehouse died 14 February 1975

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Joe, Julia and A Seasoned Romance

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
Other than the topsy-turvy romances of younger couples, P G Wodehouse also regales us with romantic affairs of those who are advanced in age and young at heart. An affection which was discernible in a couple’s younger days – whether declared or otherwise – survives the harsh slings and arrows of life. A chance meeting unearths and rekindles the deep buried embers of love. A well seasoned romance bears fruit. The Valentine Spirit prevails. One such couple we get to meet is that of Joe Danby and Aunt Julia, who make an appearance in the story… Continue reading Joe, Julia and A Seasoned Romance

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Who is your Wodehouse dream date?

Originally posted on Plumtopia:
Cover of the Bietti edition of Leave it to Psmith (1936) courtesy of Wikipedia. I’d like to take a short break from my series exploring Wodehouse on Women  to share a remarkable piece entitled 111 Male Characters Of British Literature, In Order Of Bangability by Carrie Frye, in which Ms Frye lists 111 fictional characters she finds sexually desirable enough to take to her bed. Almost as astonishing as her stamina, is the fact that she includes not one, but three Wodehouse characters in her list of male sex objects. These are, in order of appearance:… Continue reading Who is your Wodehouse dream date?

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The Truth About George

I asked my eight year old daughter to share her favourite Wodehouse romance and, after much umming and ahhhhing, she chose ‘The Truth About George’. In this short story (from Meet Mr. Mulliner) Mr Mulliner recounts the ordeal of his nephew George Mulliner, who must overcome his stammer in order to declare his love for Susan Blake. Many Wodehouse couples are brought together through a common interest  — it might be golf, Tennyson’s poems, or a shared love of mystery novels, for ‘there is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature’ (‘Strychnine in the Soup’). … Continue reading The Truth About George

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The romances of P.G. Wodehouse

This Valentine’s Day will mark the 40th anniversary of P.G. Wodehouse’s death — a fitting date to commemorate the great romantic-comedy writer. Last February, Plumtopia marked the 39th anniversary by hosting a February theme of ‘the Great Romances of P.G. Wodehouse’. If you missed it last year, we had some wonderful contributions from various Wodehouse lovers: Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend (by Ken Clevenger) Piggy, Maudie and A Seasoned Romance and Bertie Wooster Needs Your Opinion  both by the Inimitable Ashokbhatia Tuppy Glossop’s One True Love – by Fiction Fan And my own contributions: When Plum created Eve and … Continue reading The romances of P.G. Wodehouse

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The Romances of Bingo Little: Mabel

I confess I have a soft spot for the romantic Bingo Little. When we first meet him in The Inimitable Jeeves,  Bertie warns us about his habit of falling in love. Ever since I have known him – and we were at school together – he has been perpetually falling in love with someone, generally in the spring, which seems to act on him like magic. At school he had the finest collection of actresses’ photographs of anyone of his time; and at Oxford his romantic nature was a byword. The first of Bingo’s romances to be chronicled by Bertram Wooster … Continue reading The Romances of Bingo Little: Mabel

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Tuppy Glossop’s One True Love…

Originally posted on FictionFan's Book Reviews:
A Valentine’s Day Tribute to PG Wodehouse… ? All dedicated Jeeves followers know that, amidst all the sundered hearts and star-crossed lovers, one thing can be counted on throughout – Tuppy Glossop’s one true love is Aunt Dahlia’s only child, Angela. Or is she? I beg to put forward another hypothesis for your consideration. My evidence is taken from Right Ho, Jeeves – the book which lets us see the Angela/Tuppy relationship most intimately, and I think when the facts are presented to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you too will… Continue reading Tuppy Glossop’s One True Love…

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Piggy, Maudie and A Seasoned Romance

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
In old age, lust gets mellowed down and wisdom acquires a brighter shade of orange. Holding hands and physical contact gets relegated to the background. Instead, common ailments and related medications and therapies rule the roost. At times, the lining of the stomach paves the way for a couple to start sharing the trials and tribulations of life together. One of the stories where P G Wodehouse puts this across succinctly is the one titled ‘Indian Summer of an Uncle.’ Uncle George is unduly attached to the pleasures of the table. The lining of his stomach… Continue reading Piggy, Maudie and A Seasoned Romance

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Bertie Wooster Needs Your Opinion

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
I wonder if I should endeavor to find a true and worthy soul mate, Who would join me in facing the harsh slings and arrows of fate.   Let me be spared of someone like Madeline who gazes moodily at stars in the sky, While I yearn for smoked salmon, cheese and wine, or some bacon and egg fry.   Honoria Glossop would be prone to slapping the backs of guests with all her might, Nudging me to perform goofy deeds without any consideration of my own plight.   Roberta Wickham would sashay up to the… Continue reading Bertie Wooster Needs Your Opinion

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