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Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881) Options
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Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)

Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967. Why? More...
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Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)
Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967.
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P. G. Wodehouse
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P. G. Wodehouse
KBE
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Wodehouse in 1904 (aged 23).
Born Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
15 October 1881
Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
Died 14 February 1975 (aged 93)
Southampton, New York, US
Pen name

Henry William-Jones
P Brooke-Haven
Pelham Grenville
Melrose Grainger
J Walker Williams
C P West

Occupation humorist, novelist, playwright and lyricist
Nationality British
United States (naturalised in 1955, aged 74)
Period 1902–75
Genres comedy, romantic comedy
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE ( ; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) 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 that lasted 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 a pre- and post-World War I 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 recent writers such as Stephen Fry,[1] Douglas Adams,[2] J. K. Rowling,[3] and John Le Carré.[4]

Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies, many of them produced in collaboration with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934), wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Bill" in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote lyrics to Sigmund Romberg's music for the Gershwin – Romberg musical Rosalie (1928) and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928). He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[5]

Wodehouse spent the last decades of his life in the United States, becoming an American citizen in 1955, because of controversy that arose when he made some humorous broadcasts for the Germans during World War II, while he was under house arrest in France. The broadcasts led to accusations of collaboration and even treason, and some libraries banned his books. An investigation later cleared him of any wartime crimes. He never returned to England.

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