At NMWA: Wodehouse & the Dandy Set

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There’s really no one more fun to read than P.G. Wodehouse, known to most as the author of the Jeeves & Wooster series so brilliantly adapted by Fry & Laurie for the BBC.

My latest at No Man Walks Alone is ‘P.G. Wodehouse: Comic Laureate of the Dandy Set’:

One might expect the author of nearly one hundred books over a seventy-five year career to produce checkout-line boilerplate. But despite his own self-description as “a writing machine,” P.G. Wodehouse earned the name “The Master” from none other than Evelyn Waugh. Decades later Douglas Adams said, “I aspire to write like P.G. Wodehouse,” a wish one can easily detect in Adams’s work.

Wodehouse began his writing career at the dawn of the 20th Century, and soon introduced one of his most enduring characters, Psmith (the P is silent, of course), the first of Wodehouse’s classic dandies. Through Psmith we are also introduced to Blandings Castle, a fictional setting Wodehouse returned to time and again, and currently the subject of the BBC television series Blandings.

Click on over to No Man Walks Alone to read the whole thing.

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