Wodehouse, P. G.
(Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse), 1881 -- 1975, English-American
novelist and humorist. For over 70 years Wodehouse entertained 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. 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 the books of several other musicals,
including Anything Goes (1934). Wodehouse emigrated to the United
States in 1910 and became a citizen in 1955. In 1941, while he was a
prisoner of the Germans, he made five broadcasts for his captors. He
was knighted shortly before his death in 1975.
See his autobiographical Author! Author! (1962; originally publish. as
Performing Flea, 1953); biography by D. A. Jasen (1974); studies by R.
A. Usborne (1961), R. B. D. French (1966), R. A. Hall, Jr. (1974), and
B. Green (1981).