P.G. WODEHOUSE: A LIFE IN LETTERS, Edited by Sophie Ratcliffe
P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters, Edited by Sophie Ratcliffe
One of the funniest and most admired writers of the twentieth century, P.G. Wodehouse always shied away from the idea of a biography. A quiet, retiring man, he expressed himself through the over ninety novels, short story collections, and musical comedies he penned. His thoughtful and clever letters -- expertly selected, edited, and introduced here by Oxford literary scholar Sophie Ratcliffe -- make an ideal companion to legendary comic creations such as Jeeves, Wooster, Uncle Fred, and Psmith.
With the candor that his literary works resisted, these exchanges offer unrivaled insight into Wodehouse the man: from his promising school days at Dulwich College to the financial reverses that dashed his hopes of university, from stints in New York writing musicals with the likes of Jerome Kern and Cole Porter to his internment in 1940, which shuffled him through Nazi camps throughout Belgium and Poland.
Through it all, Wodehouse corresponded with relatives, friends, and creative luminaries such as Agatha Christie, Ira Gershwin, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The result is a collection of letters that surveys artistic life in the twentieth century just as it provides the fascinating, if accidental, memoir of this beloved figure.
W.W. Norton, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 2011
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