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Fore!: The Best Of Wodehouse On Golf Paperback – June 13, 2008
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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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PGW's writings far surpass ANYTHING produced by today's crop of comedic practitioners. Any of the latter would need a map of the galaxy to come even close to the wit and charm of that gentle Englishman. Any book with words placed in the order prescribed by PGW is, by definition, an excellent book. Buy all such books, put them in a safe place; they are worth their weight in gold.
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.