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[Read by Jonathan Cecil]
From the author whom the Times called ''a comic genius'' and ''an old master of farce'' come eleven further stories featuring such eccentric characters as Freddie Widgeon, Cyril (Barmy) Fotheringay Phipps, Percy Wimbolt, and Pongo. This collection includes the following stories:
*Tried in the Furnace
*Trouble Down at Tudsleigh
*The Amazing Hat Mystery
*Good-bye to All Cats
*The Luck of the Stiffhams
*Uncle Fred Flits By
*Archibald and the Masses
*The Code of the Mulliners
*The Fiery Wooing of Mordred.
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was educated at Dulwich College and after two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals. He is the author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre- and post- World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. He also wrote lyrics for musical comedies, and at one stage had five shows running simultaneously on Broadway. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue Knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.
The 11 stories in this collection are classic Wodehouse. This means they are hysterically funny, but his writing style places special demands on a reader. Can a narrator deliver silly names like Cyril (Barmy) Fotheringay Phipps with a straight face? With gusto even? Can the distinct accents of the different British classes be mastered? Regional dialects? Happily, the answer to each of these is yes, due to Jonathan Cecil's masterful narration. More than a reading, Cecil delivers what seems to be a full cast performance all by himself, as he shifts pace, tone, even breath quality, to bring dozens of characters to life. This recording is a rare treat. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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