Barry Phelps P.G. Wodehouse: Man and Myth

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P.G. Wodehouse: Man and Myth

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This book reveals for the first time, the fascinating personality behind the myth that P.G. Wodehouse created for himself. Our finest humorous writer, creator of literary immortals such as Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves projected the image of an amiable, unworldly reclus with just enough intelligence to open his mouth when he was hungry. A man with few close friends, bullied by his wife and with no understanding of, or interesting in, money but blessed with a lucky ability to write sparkling humour. Barry Phelps proves that Wodehouse was in fact a highly complex man who met and was friendly with many of the most talented, famous and wealthy people of his time - from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to William Randolph Hearst and Evelyn Waugh. He was acutely intelligent, a shrewd observer of people and events and was bullied by his wife just to the extent he wished and no more. He was obsessed with money from the day his father announced that the family business would not allow him to go to Oxford to the day he died a multi-millionare. He was a prodigious worker who wrote ninety-eight books, all or part of forty musicals and plays and over two hundred published lyrics - all of which continue to bring joy to millions of readers, listeners and viewers around the world. A great deal of original research supports the author's judgements and he produces an abundance of new Wodehouse anecdotes. The book gives a full account of the misunderstanding over Wodehouse's wartime broadcasts from Germany to, the then, neutral United States of America. Mr. Phelps has written a book which sparkles with wit and insight, worthy of his subject.

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