P.G. Wodehouse and the First World War




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  1. Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you George for posting your Middlebrow Wodehouse chapter. Bit by bit, if this continues among your fellow contributors, we impecunious but serious PGW readers and students will acquire much of the tome without having to fork out the inflationary price the publisher is asking. Also thank you for your thoughts on a part of PGW’s life and work which I for one have not considered outside of his literary and, particularly, theatrical work. I suspect PGW avoided the war in the same way he avoided everything else he discovered to be too difficult. His attempts at romance, for example, are sentimental to the point of embarrassment (for me anyway) and not the light but real images he was seeking. So he gave that up eventually and stuck to farce. You would have read of the “Wodehouse glide” by which he avoided social engagements and this was a technique he applied generally, I think, which, coupled with his willful unawareness, led to the disaster of Berlin. By the way, the Wodehouses’ residence in France was in Normandy, not the south. Enlightening stuff, though.

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