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Psmith, Journalist: A British Humor Classic

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441490949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441490940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,241,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I grew up loving Wodehouse, and was glad to be able to add this title to my collection. I don't think it's quite in the same league as the Jeeves and Wooster series, perhaps because setting it in gang-ridden New York provides a reality check that doesn't quite work (and which is missing from his tales of the English "county" families, who may be zany but who are entirely credible!). So, four stars rather than five. But it's still delightful light reading and is short enough (116 pages in my edition) to be read in one session (flying cross-country or trans-Atlantic, for example).
My edition was the first example I have seen of on-demand book printing. This is obviously a good way to keep older titles available at an affordable rice, but I wish the printers had devoted a little more TLC to the production. No "history of printing page", which would have provided interesting background, the Preface barely separated from the first chapter, the Conclusion following directly after the final chapter with no spacing whatever, and page numbering in an intrusively over-sized font and not properly positioned (i.e., always on the left-hand side of the page, not alternating ). Trivial grumbles, but it wouldn't have cost them anything to get it right, and it detracts from the "feel" of the book (which is why I prefer paper editions to my Kindle).
Finally, I hope Amazon will abandon its insistence that reviewers check off four descriptive categories before they can review a book. One of the joys of wandering around Amazon is serendipitous discoveries, and reducing books to four adjectives seems a retrograde step.
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Another entry in Plum's chronicles of the irrepressible Psmith. This volume stands out from the bulk of Wodehouse's work in showing a very real concern with the social troubles that he saw in contemporary New York City: poverty, violent gangs, new unassimilated immigrants, and rife political corruption and graft. Into this bustling mob breezes Psmith on his summer vacation from Cambridge and looking for something interesting to tackle. On a chance meeting in a cafe he sees his chance and places himself in charge of a silly little domestic newspaper, Cozy Moments, and sets about turning it into an organ of reform, a platform for an up and coming young boxer, and a stepping stone for his new friend out of the dead-end sub editorship of Cozy Moments and into a real reporter's job. He he has only a few weeks to do it and he has to keep himself and his friends alive in the process, which turns out to be easier said than done once he begins kicking over the beehives of the well-connected and corrupt establishment. Psmith is a fish-out-of-water even in London. In New York he is impossibly exotic and hilarity ensues. Partly by design and also I think partly by just capturing the general atmosphere of the times, this book also vividly highlights the ethnic and racial ambiguities of underground New York in the early 20th century before the Great War. It is the only Wodehouse I can think of that does not have any hint of a romance in the story. But it IS Wodehouse so of course things turn out happily for the protagonists in the end.
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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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Psmith is not the equal to Jeeves and Wooster. But if you like Wodehouse, this is a healthy dose of the right stuff. The verbosity of Psmith is a little hard to take at first but if you stick it out it really is, as comrade Jarvis would say, "de good."
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