Robert McCrum’s life of Wodehouse is full of good stuff, but I was particularly struck by this vignette of life in 1918:
The war in Europe was now over. The defeated Kaiser went into exile in Holland. There, it was said, he discovered the works of P. G. Wodehouse and would read them aloud to his mystified staff, chuckling over and rereading the best bits.
Wodehouse was a consolation in defeat, not only to the Kaiser, but also to his foe, the British Prime Minister who had declared war on him. In 1927 Wodehouse dedicated the story collection Meet Mr Mulliner to the politician who:
had let it be known that he had consoled himself after his general election defeat of 1924 by reading Jill the Reckless.