January 2, 2013 |
It's not Jeeves and Wooster, but BBC1 is hoping another classic comedy by P.G. Wodehouse will make for a just as successful television hit. In January, British television watchers will get to see "Blandings," starring Timothy Spall and "Absolutely Fabulous'" Jennifer Saunders. The series is based on Wodehouse's stories about Lord Emsworth, owner of Blandings castle, and his beloved pig, the Empress of Blandings. Lord Emsworth wants peace and quiet; the people around him often get in the way. Wodehouse published his first story set at Blandings castle in 1915, titled "Something Fresh" (alternately, "Something New")
February 25, 2005 |
If you're trying to evoke the alternative universe that is the prose of P.G. Wodehouse, there is perhaps no better place to start than the passage in which Bertie Wooster's schoolmate, Gussie Fink-Nottle, awards prizes to the eager scholars at Market Snodsbury Grammar School. It is, thinks Wodehouse biographer Robert McCrum, "one of the funniest 30 pages ever written." How to describe them? Well, the effects build slowly, so you'd really have to start from the beginning.
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.