November 21, 2004 |
"Mrs. GREGSON to see you, sir." Such were the first words uttered in print by the character who would go on to become one of literature's immortals. They appeared in the Saturday Evening Post of Sept. 18, 1916, in a story titled "Extricating Young Gussie." As Robert McCrum notes in his superb biography, "P.G. Wodehouse: A Life," "So Jeeves glides into fiction much as his creator liked to do in real life."
September 14, 2004 |
The complex relationship that F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner had with Hollywood has been described on many occasions. Less well known is what happened when P.G. Wodehouse, the English humorist and creator of Jeeves, worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the days of Irving Thalberg. From the first days of the "talkies," Wodehouse was always in the thick of the movie business. He was not alone in flirting with the studios. The talkies had triggered a new gold rush.
March 9, 2003 |
Could a P.G. Wodehouse revival be more timely? Overlook Press, which is reissuing Wodehouse's comic novels, clearly has its finger on America's pulse. Wodehouse and his famous creations, Bertie Wooster and manservant Jeeves, have often been dismissed by critics as a relic of Edwardian England, but surely nothing could be more mistaken.
December 26, 2002 |
SOME men fail to understand the importance of not being too earnest. "Are you going to go out with him again?" my ex-boyfriend asked me about my latest date. We have a Jerry and Elaine kind of relationship. "Gawd, no. He was too sincere," I said. "What do you mean?" he asked. "He was talking about the miracle of new babies," I said. "Ah," he said. "Too 'God's daisy chains.' " "Exactly," I said. "God's daisy chains" is a phrase used in a P.G.
August 26, 1999 |
What: "Fore! The Best of Wodehouse on Golf" Author: P.G. Wodehouse Publisher: Mariner Press ($13) No one--not Jim Murray, not Dan Jenkins, not Herbert Warren Wind--wrote about golf with the reverence and irreverence of P.G. Wodehouse. The British writer, who died in 1975 at the age of 94, was best known for his stories about Jeeves, the perfect gentleman's gentleman, but golf was his passion.
March 15, 1997 |
Bertie Wooster is once again getting people in trouble. His friend Augustus Fink-Nottle is in love but can't court his girl in his own name because when Bertie pinched a policeman's helmet and was brought up before the magistrate, Sir Watkyn Bassett, Bertie didn't dare use his own name and so used the name Fink-Nottle. Now Fink-Nottle's in love with Sir Watkyn's daughter Madeline and so must employ the name Bertram Wooster, since Bertie has spoiled his own.