Stephen Fry on P.G. Wodehouse

At the appropriately quaint www.pgwodehousebooks.com.

If I were to say that the defining characteristic of PG Wodehouse, the man, was his professionalism, that might make him sound rather dull. We look for eccentricity, sexual weirdness, family trauma and personal demons in our great men. Wodehouse, who knew just what was expected of authors, was used to having to apologise for a childhood that was “as normal as rice-pudding” and a life that consisted of little more than “sitting in front of the typewriter and cursing a bit”.

And also:

Many have sought to “explain” Wodehouse, to psychoanalyse his world, to place his creations under the microscope of modern literary criticism. Such a project, as an article in Punch observed, is like “taking a spade to a soufflé”.

Here is Wodehouse’s Wikipedia article.

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