Wodehouse Biography

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Wodehouse Biography

1blue.eyes2
Jan 2, 2022, 2:47 am

could someone here kindly give a recommendation for some good biography of Wodehouse? Thank you.

2thorold
Jan 2, 2022, 3:38 am

Robert McCrum's Wodehouse: a life is the most complete and recent, so that's probably the one to go for if you haven't read any other.

My personal favourite is P.G. Wodehouse: man and myth by Barry Phelps, I think he has a very good insight into what Wodehouse was about — McCrum gets a bit drowned in detail. Benny Green's P.G. Wodehouse: a literary biography is good, too, especially on the theatre work.

I also enjoyed the recent P.G. Wodehouse: a life in letters edited by Sophie Ratcliffe, but that probably needs to be read together with one of the above.

Don't bother with the official biography by Frances Donaldson, that's really been superseded by McCrum and the others. David Jasen's Wodehouse: a portrait of a master is rather dull and pedantic, but it might be worth having for the very detailed Wodehouse bibliography he includes in his many appendices.

3haydninvienna
Jan 2, 2022, 4:30 am

Seconding >2 thorold: on the McCrum biography, which I read only a couple of weeks ago. I didn't find it to be drowned in detail but given that it's 419 pages of text and 87 pages of notes, details can be expected. I thought McCrum did an excellent job giving a picture of a complex and very private (when he chose to be) man.

4blue.eyes2
Jan 2, 2022, 4:58 am

>2 thorold: >3 haydninvienna:

Thank you. I was interested also in the kind of books Wodehouse would read himself, and of his opinions about other writers. Do the books you mention talk about this?