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"... an orgy of hijinks on the links and in the clubhouse." The Washington Post
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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (nicknamed “Plum:” a rapidly pronounced Pelham) was born 10/15/1881 in Guildford, Surrey, England and educated at Dulwich College. In 1900 he started working at the Hong Kong & Shanghai bank at a salary of 80 pounds per year. He began writing articles for various newspapers & periodicals in 1902 and resigned from the bank the same year, when his 1st novel “The Pothunters” was published In April 1904 he arrived in New York and began his career as a lyricist in musicals. As the money started to come in Plum bought a car and after one lesson crashed into a hedge. He never drove again. He wrote many highly successful novels and in 1929 signed a contract to work as a Hollywood screenwriter, and caused a public relations disaster when he complained of being paid far too much money for far too little work. In 1932 Plum returned to England for a short time before settling in France In 1940 Germany occupied France and Plum was interned as a German prisoner. During that period of time, Germany was not yet at war with Britain, so he was allowed to make five radio broadcasts that were widely misconstrued and he was vilified and persecuted by the BBC and the English press because they were interpreted as being ‘pro-Nazi,’ due to his telling his literary fans that he was being treated well by his captors. The Germans discontinued the broadcasts when they figured out that in his subtle manner, he was actually making fun of them. Unfortunately, that humor was lost on the British. Confidential records now released show that Wodehouse was totally innocent of the accusations against him, and guilty perhaps only of a little naivety. In 1945, George Orwell wrote “In Defence of P.G. Wodehouse.” Full transcripts of all five broadcasts can be read at http://www.pgwodehousebooks.com/berlin1.htm. In 1947 Plum moved back to the USA and became a citizen here in 1955, where he continued working until Valentine’s day, 1975, when he died in the hospital "after a good morning's work on his latest novel" He will probably be most remembered for his creation of the popular duo “Jeeves & Wooster.”
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438230346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438230344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on February 5, 2005
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If you wanted to read all of Wodehouse's golf stories at once, you'd want the Golf Omnibus. If you'd rather not lug around a phone book-sized volume, however, you may prefer this moveable feast of a dozen prime Plum stories (a baker's dozen if you count the preface by D.R. Benson), the best of Wodehouse on the links. Unlike the pocket paperbacks of some Wodehouse editions, with print so small you nearly need a magnifying lens, this oversized "quality" paperback nearly qualifies as a "large print edition." So it's really the best of both worlds, requiring neither a microscope nor a forklift for enjoyment.

Reading Plum on golf, however, is like playing a familiar course; the same stories are scattered throughout various editions. All of these stories have appeared elsewhere. Fore! opens with a very funny story that is quite unlike most of his golf tales, "The Coming of Gowf," which originally appeared in Golf Without Tears (1924), as did four other stories. That's the American title of a book that appeared in Britain as The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922). Five stories appeared in the American collection, Divots (1927), published in England as The Heart of a Goof (1926). The final tales are from Nothing Serious (1950/1951), published in both British and American editions. For golfers with a literary bent, here's the best imaginable introduction to P.G. Wodehouse, and old Wodehouse fans will be happy to walk around the course again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandhya Sriraman on March 26, 2000
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Plum has brought the passion for golf alive with unusual style and aplomb in this one. All the stories viewed through the eyes of the "Oldest Member" take on vivid color, and their solutions lie, no doubt, on the greens! Right from a novice taking up golf, to a professional golfer they all have their solutions to the toughest problems in life only on the golf course. Viva le golf! And Viva Wodehousian humor!
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I spent two afternoons over the weekend reading FORE!, an anthology of twelve humorous golf tales penned by P.G. Wodehouse. It is an out-of-print book that I purchased from a secondhand bookseller through Amazon.com some months ago.

The stories take place in the early 20th Century when hickory shafts were still prevalent and it was fashionable to wear plus-fours. As the book contains numerous golf slangs throughout, some of which quite archaic, a reader with only a cursory knowledge of golf vocabulary is bound to scratch their head at times.

The stories (except for the first one) are all narrated by a character known as the "Oldest Member", a nosy and lonely man of advanced age who loiters around the golf club all day every day. According to him, golf is the most noble pursuit. Whoever plays golf must be a decent citizen. And one must always be wary of anyone who does not play the game. At the golf club, the Oldest Member often encounters young members who are experiencing relationship problems, and he would gladly assume the role of an agony uncle and offer encouragement by telling them golf anecdotes whose protagonists had overcome similar problems.

Most of the characters in the stories seem to be well-educated and belong to the upper-middle class, as they converse in a highly cultivated manner. Many of them hold strong opinions about golf. Let me quote a few instances:

"The talking golfer is undeniably the most pronounced pest of our complex modern civilization and the most difficult to deal with. It is a melancholy thought that the noblest of games should have produced such a scourge."

"Most divorces, as you know, spring from the fact that the husband is too markedly superior to his wife at golf.
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Wodehouse golf stories are so cleverly crafted and amusingly written that anyone with an interest in the game should at least keep a copy in the bathroom for entertainment. I have given this and other Wodehouse golf collections to at least a half dozen people as gifts, and they have been universally appreciated. By the way, I was introduced to Wodehouse by an 80 year-old woman - a former teacher at a small college who loved tennis and Pavarotti and had never played golf.
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