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Rose Blight

Please Sir, Am I Allowed To Love Wodehouse?

I still haven’t recovered all my P G Wodehouse books from the removal men’s boxes but these three are out. I’ve been leafing through them, laughing aloud as I go. I love the similes:
'What-ho, Jeeves!' I said, entering the room where he waded knee-deep in suitcases and shirts and winter-suitings, like a sea-beast among rocks. 'Packing?'
'Yes, sir,' replied the honest fellow, for there are no secrets between us.

and the literary allusions:
'Jeeves,' I recollect saying, on returning to the apartment, 'who was the fellow who on looking at something felt like somebody looking at something? I learned the passage at school but it has escaped me.'

Every page has its felicities; the books are pure delight. So you might expect a fan like me to beetle off, hop on a train to London and visit the Plum Pie exhibition at the Heywood Hill bookshop. No fear! This is what put me off, the Today programme slideshow. Have a look. Exclusive, or what? You’d think Wodehouse was the preserve of posh old blokes rather than a great writer there for anyone who appreciates language and enjoys a laugh. Or indeed, likes to watch television or listen to the radio, for almost all adaptations are good. Why wouldn’t they be? The scripts must write themselves. I have a particular fondness for Richard Vernon as Lord Emsworth.

Bertie Wooster

Duke of Kent



I find he suits all circumstances.


Gosh, Richard Brier is a posh bloke? When I was a member of the British Wodehouse Society he was the head of it. I fear most 'wodehouseians' are old. It's hard to find a young person who will sit down and read him. The publications I've gotten over the years from both the British and the American Societies have been full of fun and not the least stuffy. I so wish I could go.
You'll have to forgive my bad temper that day. I thought the whole event looked excluding.
Richard Briers is lovely of course, and has done a lot of Wodehouse on the radio.
My daughter has loved PG since she was a child, so it's not so much age as love of language which dictates appreciation, I think.