P G Wodehouse: A Biography
Are there any characters in literature more famous than Jeeves and Wooster? Along with Lord Emsworth, Ukridge, Psmith, Mr Mulliner, a host of Drones and a chorus of Aunts, they featured in nearly 100 tomes, which taken together, make their creator, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, the best loved and most famous writer of comedy in the English language. But what of the man himself? Donaldson, who first met Wodehouse in 1921, was given unique access to his most important private papers and her definitive biography paints an in-depth and affectionate picture of the man known to his friends as "Plum". It covers his life from blissful school days at Dulwich, life in the City, early years writing for magazines to his love affair with Broadway and Hollywood, his time as a prisoner of war, his wartime broadcast from Berlin that had him wrongly branded a traitor for many years, and his final years in America.
"Donaldson and Wodehouse go together like Boswell and Johnson, Emsworth and the Empress, and Jeeves and Wooster". (Stephen Fry.) "The definitive, beautifully composed, affectionate but absolutely judicious biography". (Los Angeles Times.) "With considerable narrative skill, she makes it rewarding to read about, as well as to read, Wodehouse". (Woodrow Wyatt, Sunday Times.)"
Frances Donaldson was an award-winning biographer. Her other books include The Marconi Scandal, Child of the Twenties, Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour, a biography of Edward VIII and a history of the Royal Opera House. She also edited Yours, Plum, a collection of Wodehouse's letters.
Preface; Introduction; Part I: Almost a Lifetime; Part II: The German Broadcasts; Part III: America; Appendices.