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 P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. Wodehouse

Original Name Pelham Grenville
Birth
Guildford, Guildford Borough, Surrey, England
Death 14 Feb 1975 (aged 93)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Remsenburg, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 3124 · View Source
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Author. Born Pelham Grenville Wodehouse in Guildford, England, the son of Eleanor Deane and Henry Ernest Wodehouse, a resident magistrate in British Hong Kong. He spent his first years in Hong Kong, but at two, he and his brothers were placed in the care of an English nanny in Surrey while his parents remained abroad. He attended Elizabeth College in Guernsey, and in 1891, he enrolled in Malvern House, a preparatory school in Kent before spending six years at Dulwich College, London, where he edited the school magazine, 'The Alleynian.' Family finances prevented him attending university, so he took a position in London as a banker. He disliked the work, and spent time writing articles on school sports for 'Public School Magazine.' He received his first author's payment for 'Some Aspects of Game-Captaincy.' His first foray into humorous fiction, 'Men Who Missed Their Own Weddings,' was published in November 1900. By the following year, he was a regular contributor to the 'Globe' magazine. In 1902, he resigned his bank position to devote himself to writing, taking a job as a humor columnist on the London 'Globe.' His first novel, 'The Pothunters,' was published that same year. In 1904, he contributed lyrics for the musical comedy, 'Sergeant Brue.' In 1906, he published, 'Love Among the Chickens' which introduced his first recurring comic character, Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge. That same year he collaborated with Jerome Kern on the musical comedy 'The Beauty of Bath.' The character, Psmith first appeared in 1908, and returned in such novels as 'Psmith in the City' (1910), 'Psmith, Journalist' (1915), and 'Leave it to Psmith' (1923). He spent the First World War in the United States, his poor eyesight rendering him ineligible to serve. In 1916, his first Blandings Castle novel, 'Something New' was published. Later in the same year, 'Extricating Young Gussie,' the first story featuring Jeeves appeared. The quintessential butler and his employer, Bertie Wooster, would become his most famous creations. He collaborated with Guy Bolton in the Broadway musicals 'Miss Springtime' (1916), 'Leave it to Jane' (1917), 'Oh! Boy!' (1917–18) and 'Oh, Lady! Lady! (1918). Short fiction such as 'A Woman is Only a Woman' and 'Ukridge’s Dog College' continued to appear in publications such as 'Cosmopolitan' and 'The Saturday Evening Post.' He returned to England in 1925 where his work appeared regularly in the 'Strand' magazine including the first installment of the first Jeeves and Wooster novel, 'Thank You, Jeeves' in 1933. Tax issues with Britain and the US then led to a move to France. Popular publications such as 'Right Ho, Jeeves (1934), 'The Code of the Woosters' (1938) and 'Uncle Fred in the Springtime' (1939) followed. In 1940, he and his wife attempted to leave France but were balked. Under German occupation, he was incarcerated, and would not be liberated liberated until 1944. He returned to the US in 1947, and would spend the rest of his life there, becoming an American citizen in 1955. Later works included 'Jeeves in the Morning ' (1947), 'Pigs Have Wings' (1952), 'Ring for Jeeves' (1954), 'Bertie Wooster Sees It Through' (1955), 'Cocktail Time' (1958), 'Service with a Smile' (1961), 'Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves ' (1963), 'No Nudes Is Good Nudes' (1970), and 'Aunts Aren't Gentleman' (1975). He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honors List for his services to literature. A month later, he succumbed to heart failure, his final Blandings Castle novel, 'Sunset at Blandings' left unfinished.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 3124
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for P. G. Wodehouse (15 Oct 1881–14 Feb 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3124, citing Remsenburg Cemetery, Remsenburg, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .