P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. WodehouseNovelist and cartoonist "Plum" Wodehouse was born in Surrey, England in 1881. He was educated at Dulwich College, where he met gentry-folk who would serve as the main characters of many of his future books. For over 70 years Wodehouse was to entertain readers with his comic novels and stories set in an England that is forever Edwardian and featuring idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen.

He was most famous for his many novels about Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, later made famous in the productions featuring actors Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. The "Jeeves" novels include The Inimitable Jeeves (1924), Bertie Wooster Sees It Through (1955), and Much Obliged, Jeeves (1971). In addition to his works of fiction, Wodehouse was a lyricist who collaborated with Jerome Kern, and contributed to several musicals, including Anything Goes (1934).

After college Wodehouse worked for two years for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, but he left to earn his living as a journalist and storywriter, his life long love.

At the age of 28, in 1909, he made his second trip to the U.S.A. where he continued to write short stories and also critical reports for papers as theatrical critic. He made a serial for the Saturday Evening Post, and for the next twenty-five years almost all his books made their first appearance in this magazine.

After marrying at the age of 33 Wodehouse wrote and travelled with his shows. In 1934 he moved to France. At the beginning of World War Two he was pursued by the French government during "spy hunts". When Nazi troops occupied France he was captured and interned in Germany.After the war he continued to write books and took part not only in creating lyrics for musical comedies but tried his hand as a producer -- with differing degrees of success.

In 1955 at the age of 74 he took American citizenship and lived afterwards near New York. In 1975 he was knighted by the Queen of Great Britain, and died shortly afterwards. "PG" stands for "Pelham Grenville".