A Wodehouse Bestiary

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9780899193960: A Wodehouse Bestiary

Editor D. R. Bensen has mined the very best of timeless Wodehouse humor in this densely populated bestiary, varied enough to satisfy the most demanding zoophile. These delightful tales come from the pen of the author reverently called "the master" by Evelyn Waugh.

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D. R. Bensen is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as editor, titles including: Fore!

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born in 1881 in Guildford, the son of a civil servant, and educated at Dulwich College. He spent a brief period working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank before abandoning finance for writing, earning a living by journalism and selling stories to magazines.


An enormously popular and prolific writer, he produced about 100 books. In Jeeves, the ever resourceful "gentleman's personal gentleman", and the good-hearted young blunderer Bertie Wooster, he created two of the best known and best loved characters in twentieth century literature. Their exploits, first collected in Carry On, Jeeves, were chronicled in fourteen books, and have been repeatedly adapted for television, radio and the stage. Wodehouse also created many other comic figures, notably Lord Emsworth, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, Psmith and the numerous members of the Drones Club. He was part-author and writer of fifteen straight plays and 250 lyrics for some 30 msical comedies. The Times hailed him as a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce."

P. G. Wodehouse said, "I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn ...."

Wodehouse married in 1914 and took American citizenship in 1955. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honours List. In a BBC interview he said that he had no ambitions left now that he had been knighted and there was a waxwork of him in Madame Tussaud's. He died on St. Valentine's Day, 1975, at the age of ninety-three. 

From Library Journal:

To read the 14 selections here garnered from Wodehouse's writings is like listening to the melody of some old ballad after a dose of heavy metal rock. Most of the pieces retain in undiminished strength the qualities that characterized them when they were newcharm, readability, and humor. The common denominator of the gathering is, or is alleged to be, animals; but our furred and feathered and scaly friends hardly figure into the proceedings. The time-honored device of imposing some sort of unity on selections of writingsin this case animalsmay just be a pretext to march out the old Wodehousian troupe of characters and set them to performing again. And what Wodehouse idolater is going to object? A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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