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by Frances (re: P. G. Wodehouse) Donaldson

Download P.G.Wodehouse: A Biography ePub
  • ISBN 0297781057
  • ISBN13 978-0297781059
  • Language English
  • Author Frances (re: P. G. Wodehouse) Donaldson
  • Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicholson; First Edition edition (1982)
  • Pages 399
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  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Arts and Literature
  • Size ePub 1773 kb
  • Size Fb2 1524 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 153


Donaldson's biography, the first to have the complete cooperation of the Wodehouse estate, paints an in-depth and affectionate picture of the man known to his friends as Plum. It covers his life from school at Dulwich; life in the City; early years writing for magazines; his love affair with Broadway and Hollywood; his time as a prisoner of war and his wartime broadcast from Berlin that had him branded a traitor for many years; and his final years in America.

Frances Donaldson was an award-winning biographer

Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Frances Donaldson was an award-winning biographer. Her other books include The Marconi Scandal, Child of the Twenties, Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour, a biography of Edward VIII, and a history of the Royal Opera House.

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (/ˈwʊdhaʊs/, WOOD-howss; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (/ˈwʊdhaʊs/, WOOD-howss; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. Born in Guildford, the third son of a British magistrate based in Hong Kong, Wodehouse spent happy teenage years at Dulwich College, to which he remained devoted all his life. After leaving school, he was employed by a bank but disliked the work and turned to writing in his spare time.

P G Wodehouse was an English playwright and author. Read this brief biography to find more on his life

P G Wodehouse was an English playwright and author. Read this brief biography to find more on his life. Two years after his graduation, Wodehouse took up a job with the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank in London, (Today's HSBC), but soon realized his lack of interest in Banking. He left the job and started to write, alternating between England and the United States. In 1902, he received his first job as a journalist and began working with a newspaper The Globe where he was responsible for the comic column.

Wodehouse, English-born comic novelist, short-story writer, lyricist, and playwright, best known as the creator of Jeeves, the supreme ‘gentleman’s gentleman. He wrote more than 90 books and more than 20 film scripts and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies. Alternative Title: SIr Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.

A Jeeves and Wooster collection

A Jeeves and Wooster collection it is a little preparation of my own invention. Wodehouse died before finishing this novel, which uses the Blandings formula: a pretty niece brought to the castle to separate her from a suitor; suitor infiltrated under an assumed name by Gally; Lord Emsworth innocently blowing the gaff to an angry sister. Wodehouse's notes complete the story.

This is, in my opinion, the best of the three biographies of Wodehouse that I have read. I must admit to being partial to biographies that are sympathetic, but not not so much so that they are adulatory and this biography is the best on that score.

Wodehouse received his education at Dulwich College, where he was a member of the school cricket team, (he would not lose interest in the local cricket tournament until many years later!)

PELHAM GRENVILLE WODEHOUSE, (to friends - Plum) (b. Oct. 15, 1881, Guildford, Surrey, SE En. d. Feb. 14, (on St. Valentine day), 1975, Southampton, . Wodehouse received his education at Dulwich College, where he was a member of the school cricket team, (he would not lose interest in the local cricket tournament until many years later!) Also he practised boxing there. In this period he met gentry-folk which would serve as the main characters of his many books later.

Wodehouse, a biography. by. Donaldson, Frances Lonsdale, Lady. Wodehouse": p. 317-328. Includes bibliographical references and index. Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975, Authors, English - 20th century - Biography, Humorous stories - Authorship. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House. 96 06 26. Bookplateleaf. Sony Alpha-A6300 (Control).

Wodehouse also wrote various books meant for school magazines. P. Wodehouse then jokingly narrated his encounters of the war in American Radio broadcasts. If only he knew that his jokes would be misinterpreted, he would have remained tongue-tied. He also worked for many magazines as a freelancer. He wrote lyrics for musical comedies as well. From 1914, he alternated between the States and England. In 1934, he eventually settled in France. The officials of England were not happy with his jokes. Wodehouse was allegedly accused of siding with the Nazis during the war. He later faced treason charges following these accusations.

Talk about P.G.Wodehouse: A Biography


Rgia
This is, in my opinion, the best of the three biographies of Wodehouse that I have read. I must admit to being partial to biographies that are sympathetic, but not not so much so that they are adulatory and this biography is the best on that score. The author was a good friend of Wodehouse's daughter, and, therefore, acquainted with the family, which gives her a personal insight into her subject which is both interesting and refreshing.
She deals at length with what is probably the most interesting--certainly, the controversial--spect of Wodehouse's life--the German broadcasts. It includes a typescript of them, which allows the reader to decide for himself if they deserved the condemation that Wodehouse received from his fellow countrymen for having made them.
All in all, I found it to be a full and satisfying picture of a most remarkably talented man who would doubtlessly have preferred to have done nothing remarkable other than write those most delightfully clever novels, stories, plays, and lyrics that seemed to have flowed so effortlessly from his fertile imagination.
Mataxe
Having read and enjoyed Robert McCrum's lengthy 2004 biography of P.G. Wodehouse, I still felt that there was more -- notwithstanding the enigmatic nature of the almost Jekyll-Hyde personality of Wodehouse, so I sought out additional books about him. This one, by Frances Donaldson, is the best of the bunch.

Ms. Donaldson was close friends for many years with Wodehouse's beloved step-daughter Leonora and quotes directly and extensively from their correspondence, but more than that, she reprints Wodehouse's amazing broadcasts from Nazi Germany as well as personal letters and other manuscripts that are only excerpted in the other Wodehouse books. Also, she seems to put Wodehouse in a more sympathetic light and I find that I don't quite cringe at his personality as I did before reading this book.

It's been fun, but I have now had my fill of Jeeves and company, so it's onward and upward to other people and things ...
Saimath
I am somewhat diffident about biographies, and I think our age has no taste for them. The reason is that they reveal more about the author than their subject. So unless you're a voracious reader, you'd far rather read something else. Bios of Wodehouse are particularly suspect. Firstly, hardly anyone is as good a writer as PGW, and therefore the bio will be less engaging than its subject. Secondly, hardly anyone in the hard-bitten writing trade is as amiable as PGW, and therefore their bio will be less enjoyable than their subject. Regardless of these obstacles, there is still good reason for the itinerant biographer to charge ahead: that is because PGW has been the object of a sustained attack, and mired in a smokescreen of disinformation. Someone must rise to the challenge to clear the air, and hopefully, his good name.

And someone has. Stephen Fry, who gave us the unforgettable Jeeves in the wonderful videos of Jeeves and Wooster, long ago raised one eyebrow (Jeeves' equivalent to two thumbs up) in favor of Donaldson's vita, and for good reason. Having full access to the collected papers of Richard Usborne (author of Plum Sauce) re: Plum's Berlin broadcasts, she delves in to set the record straight, so that, as writer Evelyn Waugh devoutly hoped, Britain can at last hug its greatest national humourist to its bosom.

That cloud dispelled, she takes us on a walking tour of the sorts of places we tourists are anxious to visit: Plum's ancestral home, where we search the grounds for a bevvy of aunts, his young days as a schoolboy and sportsman, where we look for the type of Malvern House, to the Hollywood stint whose flickering light would grace so many books, the clubs and cronies forever resonant in "Drones" and "Blandings," the pekes of Ukridge's dog wash, and a lifelong devotion to the "dumb chums." And of course we wonder whether Plum ever smothered Ethel's upturned face with kisses and called her "My Rabbit."

The mind boggles at the enormity of her task, but Donaldson has somehow won the day. Twin souls with the reader, she seems to share our distaste of bilge literature and instead shows us how Plum shines through in his engaging and enjoyable books. How can one reply but in the words of one Wooster to another soul who saved the day? Donaldson, you're a wonder.
Wat!?
If you're already well acquainted with the life and works, I suppose you might find this book charming. You'd already have to have read a real biography of Wodehouse, like McCrum's, to make any use of it. Like many other books touted as biographies, it's really a fan's notes and opinions -- gabby, dotty, discursive, heavily slanted and defensive, often frustratingly vague. Donaldson knew Wodehouse and had access to his papers, so she could have written the definitive bio. She wrote nothing remotely like it.
Gamba
It's Wodehouse, no need to say anything else. He's adorable.