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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441490949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441490940
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,753,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In these handsome volumes, with the pages that smell of real paper and those fine covers by Andrzej Klimowski, you find that the sparkle hasn't dimmed. They are a cause for regular celebration." -- James Naughtie The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE (15 October 1881 - 14 February 1975) was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read. Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of pre-war English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career. An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies. Wodehouse is one of the best of British Humor writers! Enjoy!

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Not George Washington: A British Humor Classic Enjoy!
Christine Richardson
If you like your characters eccentric, you'll love Psmith (the P is silent), the wit, the intelligence, the wonder of Psmith!
Northern Sally
I feel if I have lots of fun, laughs and smile often it will carry me thru the winter.
Marie Martin

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Psmith Journalist" is the third Psmith novel and finds the hero cavorting in the New York City of 1914, as he unilaterally takes over a weekly newpaper, runs afoul of politicians and gangsters, and consorts with other gangsters to arrange for his protection. This sounds rather grim but actually Psmith continues to delight us with his humorous language and indomitable aplomb. As with the other early novels the final plot resolution is rather weak but not without being preceded by a hundred-odd pages of hilarious dialog and action. Moreover, the book provides a fascinating glimpse into the New York of a distant year, with which the author was intimately familiar.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine Richardson on July 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love Psmith, in all his forms - there are four novels with Psmith and this is one of the best - but they are all great. He is one of the best characters created by Wodehouse.

Now, I wanted to recommend two books here for you, one more Psmith book that is great:

Leave It To Psmith: A British Humor Classic

And this one - a book by Wodehouse about Wodehouse - and its interesting because he was a journalist and knows about newspapers, its very funny and entertaining too.

Not George Washington: A British Humor Classic

Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Readers of Psmith's previous adventures (Mike and Psmith, Psmith in the City) will appreciate Psmith's adventures in darkest New York. Wodehouse limbers up his dese, dems, and doses as he introduces us to "Bat" Jarvis and his gang of lowlifes, with whom Psmith interacts in an amusing manner-- even, at times, becoming strenuous in his defense of justice and his own corpus! Psmith bonking miscreants over the head with a stick? Yes! Psmith disarming pistol-wielding evil-doers? Yes! And along the way, much of the artful and absurdly witty banter that Psmith and Wodehouse specialize in is served up in heaping dollops. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This isn't Wodehouse's funniest novel, but it is definitely the most exciting, with a more dramatic plot than usual. Psmith takes on a crooked slum landlord, hounding him through the pages of 'Cosy moments' a bland family paper that he has transformed with the help of assistant editor Billy Windsor. Psmith is a wonderful character, languid, frivolous and comic on the surface, tough man of action underneath, a modern Pimpernell. there are some wonderful comic characters, especially Bat Jarvis, the tough gangland boss with a passion for cats. I wish Wodehouse had written more about Psmith, he could have been the hero of a whole series of thrillers, with Mike Jackson as his stalwart sidekick. Instead Wodehouse married him off in the next Psmith novel (Leave It To Psmith) and we hear no more of him, what a pity!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was the first Psimth book which I read, and though there was a bit of the real world, and sentimental stuff too (unlike the Jeeves' series), I thouroughly enjoyed it. A must read for Wodehouse fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Thorsson on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Oh Mr. Wodehouse! Where would we be without you! One of the finest witty wordsmiths who ever picked up a pen. When I need a smile, or a lift, or even a roll on the floor laugh I turn to one of the many wonderful works of Wodehouse.
So many wonderful stories to choose from, and each one is from a different period in PG 'Plum' to his friends - life. While my favorite character is Psmith, how can I not enjoy the mutterings of Ukridge, or long to have my life saved from disasters by the likes of Jeeves.
Stephen Fry wrote 'Without Wodehouse I am not sure I would be a tenth of what I am today...his writings awoke me to the possibilities of language. His rhythms, tropes, tricks and mannerisms are deep within me. But more than that, he taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.
As laughter is the best medicine, perhaps we need a good dose of Wodehouse from time to time, and during these bleak winter months, in the dark time of the economy, Wodehouse is just what the Doctor ordered!
Psmith, the best!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Bosomworth on November 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute laugh. Psmith is always unique but I really loved this one. My favourite is Mike and Psmith. I'm a wannabe journalist so I really sympathized with Psmith's need to get himself a good story. Buy the omnibus comrade, you'll never regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie Martin on July 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This summer I am determined to read as much PG Wodehouse as possible before the fall and work begins. I feel if I have lots of fun, laughs and smile often it will carry me thru the winter. In Psmith, Journalist, you will watch Psmith take on New York villains, turn a old ladies news paper into a tabloid and take on New York's fixed boxing matches in one go in this delightful wacky, witty, and wonderful Psmith and Mike novel. I had a laugh on each page, loved every minute of it - and I can tell you after reading Wodehouse, it really does make the world easier to live in! Give yourself a break and read Wodehouse!
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