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Questions about the works of P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) or his life as a writer.

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Where was the story first told that the title of Vanity Fair come to Thackeray in a "eureka moment" in bed?

In his preface to Summer Lightning, P. G. Wodehouse makes reference to the story that William Makepeace Thackeray had a "eureka moment" in bed wherein he, Thackeray, suddenly had the idea ...
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Philanthropic scam in P. G. Wodehouse's "Something Fresh"

In the novel Something Fresh (1915) by P. G. Wodehouse, a scam is mentioned whereby a man advertises in the newspapers proposing to give a sum of money to anyone who cares to apply, provided he is not ...
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Did P.G. Wodehouse ever parody Rex Stout?

An acquaintance with a silly nickname rings to beg that the narrator take his place at a charity dinner put on by his aunt. That summary could describe the beginnings of several Bertie Wooster stories ...
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What does “out of the room like a streak” mean?

In the novel Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, Bertie was telling Jeeves that he saw J. Washburn Stoker and his daughter Pauline along with Sir Roderick Glossop. To this Jeeves asked him if he ...
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Meaning of "shade perturbed" in "Thank You, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse?

I’m a big fan of P.G. Wodehouse, his novels have a very different way of humoring the readers and the narrative style is almost awesome. But his vocabulary and especially the conversational part of ...
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Who was Wodehouse’s intended audience for Jeeves and Wooster?

(Regarding the books featuring these characters) Was PG Wodehouse writing for peers of Wooster who would relate to his escapades? Or to literate lower classes who would enjoy laughing at an upper ...
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What does "the orchestra broke out" mean?

The short story The Man, the Maid and the Miasma by P.G. Wodehouse ends with the following paragraphs: He bent across the table. 'Isn't this like the old times?' he said. 'Do you remember the first ...
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What did Wodehouse say about writing in the first-person?

P. G. Wodehouse is known as a consummate stylist, and a lot is known about how he plotted and wrote his novels. Did he ever say anything about his writing in the first person? I'm particularly curious ...
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