Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Learning about Wodehouse

Reading to Know - Book Club

Diary of an Autodidact posted about Wodehouse the other day, explaining more about the historical relevance of this particular author and introducing us to some of his more popular characters.

Here is a portion of what he wrote, which I'm posting with permission:


The first half of the 20th Century was not kind to the British aristocracy. The Empire was on the decline, and was eventually lost. Land, once the source of wealth and power, was becoming secondary to capital and manufacturing. What was once the source of an independent income for the young, feckless nobleman had now become a drain on the finances.

Various authors documented and commented on this earthshaking change in society. E. M. Forster and John Galsworthy wrote serious novels. H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw explored the new atheism and pessimism. Yeats and Joyce replaced Tennyson and Dickens.

And then there was Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (pronounced WOOD-house), who saw in the decline of the aristocracy a golden opportunity for humor. Remarkable for both his long life and his prodigious output, Wodehouse was one of the greatest and most memorable humorists of all time.


To read the rest of Diary of an A's post on Wodehouse, click HERE.

I hope you will consider snatching up a Wodehouse title sometime this month! If you are already in the middle of one, I trust you are enjoying yourself!


Barbara H. said...

Thanks for this! I put two Wodehouse books on hold at the library but they're not in yet. The local library didn't have them but one across town did and is supposed to send them over this way.

BerlinerinPoet said...

And here I've been pronouncing it WOED-house...silly me.

Shonya said...

I've been mispronouncing it too! But I'm super excited to read the two books I have purchased and appreciated the introduction to the author.

Carrie said...

Yes, I confess I did not know that either!

Annette Whipple said...

Oh, it will be hard to get WOODhouse into my brain.

Have not picked up a book yet for club...but should, I know. Going off to learn more...

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