Sunday, 14 February 2010

On this day...

English writer Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, died in 1975, at the age of 93. Better known as 'Plum' to his family and P.G. Wodehouse to his readers, he barely saw his parents in his first few months of life, a trend that was perpetuated by numerous boardings schools throughout his adolescence. Wodehouse was marked down for Oxford, yet the failing of the Indian rupee, the currency of his father's pension, meant that this was not feasible.

Instead, Wodehouse found himself a prolific contributor to a variety of magazines, including 'Punch', 'Vanity Fair', and the 'Daily Express'. During the World War Two, Wodehouse took up residence in France, and, doubting the seriousness of the conflict, found himself a prisoner of war. Thus followed a controversy with the Germans, which ended up in the author being roundly criticised by fellow writer A.A. Milne and even MI5. Influencing the likes of Evelyn Waugh, Rudyard Kipling and Salman Rushdie, Wodehouse's most famous works from his 96 books, include the 'Blandings Castle' and 'Drones Club' series.

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