Most Wodehouse enthusiasts will now be aware of the sad news that Lt Col Norman Murphy, founder Chairman of the PG Wodehouse Society (UK), passed away in October. As the PG Wodehouse Society’s Remembrancer, Norman was generous with his time and expert knowledge, and he leaves behind a body of work that Wodehouse enthusiasts will continue to treasure for years to come. His publications include: In Search of Blandings Three Wodehouse Walks A Wodehouse Handbook (Volumes 1 and 2) The Reminiscences of the Hon. Galahad Threepwood Phrases and Notes: P G Wodehouse Notebooks 1902-1905 The P.G. Wodehouse Miscellany Norman … Continue reading Raising a glass – to Norman Murphy!
‘P. G. Wodehouse was born on 15 October 1881, at 1 Vale Place, Epsom Road Guildford’ begins Frances Donaldson in her 1982 Authorized Biography, summing the matter up rather neatly. The house in Surrey was not the Wodehouse home.The family lived in Hong Kong, where P.G.’s father Henry Wodehouse was a magistrate in the Colonial Civil Service. His mother Eleanor was visiting England, staying with a sister in the neighbouring village of Bramley. Eleanor was visiting friends in Epsom Road when the infant Plum popped out unexpectedly. The house is remembered today with a blue plaque over the door. I’m … Continue reading Happy Birthday, P.G. Wodehouse
What ho, what ho, Plum lovers! I just wanted to share my excitement about some recent developments in the world of Wodehouse scholarship. ‘For Love or Honour’: an early Wodehouse story uncovered Those excellent people at the P.G.W. Globe Reclamation Project have been busy uncovering Wodehouse’s early work published in the The Globe magazine. This week, they announced the discovery of ‘For Love or Honour’, an early Wodehouse story serialised in that magazine in 1907. And what’s more, they’ve made the story available to us, courtesy of the incomparable Madam Eulalie website. It is full of delightful touches: ‘Night had … Continue reading New Wodehouse Releases