P. G. Wodehouse: A Biography

By Frances Donaldson
Read by Frederick Davidson

13.75 Hours 10/01/1999 unabridged
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Everyone has come to love the impeccable Jeeves and the inimitable Bertie. But what of their creator, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, whose ninety-three years produced a volume of work “unsurpassed in the history of literature”? Was he really a traitor to his country who broadcast dangerous propaganda from Germany during the war? And how can this be squared with the immensely lovable figure of “Plum,” upon whom the Queen bestowed a knighthood in 1975? In researching this authorized, definitive biography, Frances Donaldson was given unique access to Wodehouse’s most important private papers, including the notebooks he kept during the sad episode of his internment during the Second World War. For the first time, Wodehouse’s beliefs, writings and actions are seen in the full context of the rest of his life.

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Summary

Summary

Everyone has come to love the impeccable Jeeves and the inimitable Bertie. But what of their creator, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, whose ninety-three years produced a volume of work “unsurpassed in the history of literature”? Was he really a traitor to his country who broadcast dangerous propaganda from Germany during the war? And how can this be squared with the immensely lovable figure of “Plum,” upon whom the Queen bestowed a knighthood in 1975?

In researching this authorized, definitive biography, Frances Donaldson was given unique access to Wodehouse’s most important private papers, including the notebooks he kept during the sad episode of his internment during the Second World War. For the first time, Wodehouse’s beliefs, writings and actions are seen in the full context of the rest of his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wealth of information, anecdotal and otherwise and will probably stand as the best general account of the man and his writings for some time.” Library Journal
“The definitive, beautifully composed, affectionate but absolutely judicious biography of Wodehouse.” Los Angeles Times
“Donaldson and Wodehouse go together like Boswell and Johnson ... Jeeves and Bertie.” Stephen Fry

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Author

Author Bio: Frances Donaldson

Frances Donaldson (1907–1994) was best known for her award-winning biography of King Edward VIII, which won the Wolfson Literary Award and was the basis for a six-part television series, Edward and Mrs. Simpson. Her other popular books include Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbor, P.G. Wodehouse: A Biography, and The Royal Opera House in the 20th Century.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English