В феврале 2005 г. издательство Haus издало книгу Дж.Коннолли P G Wodehouse (Life & Times).
Рецензия в Weekly Standard, The, June 13, 2005 by David Skinner:
P. G. Wodehouse by Joseph Connolly (Haus, 150 pp., $15.95) In the
acknowledgments of his mini biography of P. G. Wodehouse, Joseph Connolly
complains that the Wodehouse estate refused him permission to quote any of
The Master's words. This would appear to be a serious stumbling block for a
biographer whose subject poured all of his genius directly into his
What was so great about the writing is, however, a little hard to
formulate. Wodehouse's books did not succeed on the strength of a writing
style as usually understood. The masterly manipulation of the language that
makes, for example, Nabokov's prose so richly poetic was not Wodehouse's
thing. And though he seems to be the type of writer who should have
produced one-liners by the thousand, because he did write so many funny
lines, his style was not very aphoristic. Rereading some of his most famous
books turns up precious few examples of great standalones. The choice of
individual words and the inflections within sentences were often ingenious,
but the greatness seems to have lain in the writing's overall tone and, to
use a term borrowed from the textbook industry, ease of reading. Once
beguiled into a Wodehouse story, the reader zips through it effortlessly.
Since I, unlike Connolly, enjoy the right to a little quotation, why not
let 'er rip? It being still spring, I'll cite a short opening passage from
one of Wodehouse's relatively under-celebrated golf stories to illustrate
the clear-as-a-songbird tone.
It was a morning when all nature shouted 'Fore!' The breeze, as it
blew gently up from the valley, seemed to bring a message of hope and
cheer, whispering of chip-shots holed and brassies landing squarely on
the meat. The fairway, as yet unscarred by the irons of a hundred
dubs, smiled greenly at the azure sky; and the sun, peeping above the
trees, looked like a giant golf ball perfectly lofted by the mashie of
some unseen god and about to drop dead by the pin of the eighteenth.
Connolly has done something worthy, which is to provide the interested
reader with a precise life of ole Plum in just the kind of breezy style one
feels compelled to use when writing about Wodehouse. But while the tone is
right, the information is needlessly thin in spots. Connolly, for example,
mentions that, in revising, Wodehouse would cut out all of his very best
stuff. This detail demands further discussion, but none is forthcoming. In
another oblique reference to craft, Connolly mentions that Wodehouse had
concluded that "every line in a Jeeves story has to tell." How this makes a
Jeeves story different from a Psmith story or a story written by someone
not named P.G. Wodehouse I am not sure. Connolly, unfortunately, does not
use any of the space made available by the Wodehouse quotes he cannot use
2 сентября 2004 г. вышла долгожданная биография П.Г.Вудхауза, написанная Робертом Маккрамом. Книга Wodehouse: A Life выпущена издательством Viking (Penguin).
P.G. Wodehouse is a comic writer of genius best known for Bertie Wooster
and his omniscient manservant Jeeves; the pig-loving peer Lord Emsworth
and a regiment of aunts and butlers. But although Wodehouse and his work
have become indissolubly part of the English language and its literature,
the writer himself is enigmatic. His life, notorious for one historic
blunder during the Second World War, remains remarkably unexplored.
Based on research throughout Britain, Europe and the United States,
Wodehouse: A Life goes deep beneath the surface of Wodehouse's
extraordinary career, and reveals as never before the fascinating
complexity of a writer who liked to maintain, against all the evidence,
that his life was a 'breeze from start to finish'. In a compelling portrait
of a quintessential English writer and his times, Robert McCrum describes
Wodehouse's beginnings in Edwardian London, his golden years on Broadway in
Jazz Age America; and his adventures in Thirties Hollywood. Wodehouse: A
Life is a journey through some of the twentieth century's most turbulent
decades, and it culminates in Wodehouse's controversial wartime experience:
his internment in Nazi Germany and the broadcasts from Berlin, a fateful
decision that haunted him to his death in 1975, and still affects his
Wodehouse: A Life is the enthralling story of an Englishman who seemed to
represent the essence of his age and country, but who, tragically, ended
his life at odds with both. Wonderfully funny and, at times, agonisingly
moving, this definitive biography brings to life the compelling worlds of
Wodehouse's century, while never forgetting for a moment his comic genius.
В США книга выпускается издательством W. W. Norton & Company в ноябре. Обложка американского издания.
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Издательство Scarecrow Press 1 февраля 2004 года выпускает
сборник всех текстов Вудхауза к мюзиклам: "The Complete Lyrics of P.G.Wodehouse". Составитель - Barry Day.
Although he wrote hundreds of songs and was a key figure in the birth of
the American stage musical, P. G. Wodehouse's (1881-1975) long and
influential career as a lyricist has been almost completely forgotten and
unheralded-until now. Highly regarded by literati for his rich, sardonic
Wooster and Jeeves books (among his more than ninety novels and volumes of
short stories), Wodehouse broke new ground by writing songs that were
cohesively integrated into the narrative action of musicals rather than
presented as a string of unrelated tunes, which was the then-standard
format. Particularly in the shows he wrote with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern,
Wodehouse transformed the musical from a poor man's Gilbert and
Sullivan-style operetta into a more idiomatic and respectable form based on
This book sets the lyrics from his nearly forty theatrical productions
within the context of each individual show, providing incisive and
informative commentary for each. Lavishly illustrated with photos and
memorabilia, Barry Day establishes why, throughout the 1920s and 1930s,
Wodehouse was considered a top-tier theatrical figure on both sides of the
Издательство Omnibus Press (Music Sales Group) переиздает биографию П.Г.Вудхауза
P.G. Wodehouse: Portrait Of A Master. Автор David A. Jasen. (Обложка)
Издательство Ebury Press выпустило книгу Ричарда Осборна "Plum Sauce: A P.G. Wodehouse Companion" - справочник по персонжам и произведениям Вудхауза.
In witty and idiosyncratic prose Richard Usborne brings order to the vast
and tangled fictional world that Wodehouse stitched together in a writing
career stretching over 70 years and nearly 100 books. This ‘dip-in’
entertainment introduces us to all the great creations: Jeeves and Wooster,
Psmith, Ukridge, Lord Emsworth and the world of Blandings. It offers
character sketches of the rest of the Wodehouse cast from Gussie Fink
Nottle to the chorus of Aunts and Drones, and witty plot summaries of all
Wodehouse’s books. Copiously illustrated with original dust-jacket artwork
and sketches from the Strand Magazine, Plum Sauce also has fun with
Wodehouse’s incomparable skill with language, the bizarre rules at play in
his fictional world, and gathers the choicest nuggets of Wodehouse prose on
themes ranging from women to drink. So whether you’re an old hand with
Wodehouse in search of further amusement or a novice scratching the old
lemon who simply doesn’t know where to start, Plum Sauce is just the ticket
to get you out of the soup.
C 29 ноября 2001 года в продажу поступила книга Барри Дэя и Тони Ринга P.G.Wodehouse: In His Own Words (издательство Hutchinson):
P.G.Wodehouse's novels, stories, letters and non-fiction give a wonderfully funny gloss on the events of his
own life, and his lifetime admirer Barry Day has told his story through his own writing. This is a
beautifully produced and illustrated gift book, full of brilliant wordplay and hilarious scenes
from Wodehouse's writing, unified by an entertaining biographical thread.
Tony Ring has been actively interested in the career of P.G.Wodehouse for over a decade and is
President of the International Wodehouse Association.
31 марта 2003 года эту книгу переиздало издательство Overlook Press.
Рецензия в The Washington Post