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P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters de [Wodehouse, P.G.]
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"Wodehouse said letters make "a wonderful oblique form for an autobiography," and Sophie Ratcliffe's expertly edited collection amply proves the point." (Spectator)

"Anybody requiring evidence of how much work PG Wodehouse put into his comic prose should read his letters. In her introduction to this definitive compendium of Wodehouse's correspondence, Sophie Ratcliffe warns that [the letters] display only on occasions the extraordinary stylistic elan that one finds in fiction. Indeed they do, although when the extraordinary elan bubbles briefly to the surface, it is worth waiting for. But Wodehouse was a dedicated craftsman. He wanted his published words to make people laugh, and he devoted hour after hour to making them fit that purpose. One suspects his personal epistles were often a happy relief from that discipline." (Scotland on Sunday)

"The great catastrophe of his life was of course, his broadcasting from Berlin in 1941, a slur on his reputation that never quite went goes away however often it is expunged. The whole saga is unravelled again here in Sophie Ratcliffe's excellent linking narrative." (Daily Mail)

"Filtered by some excellent editing, [these letters] are full of interest" (Mail on Sunday)

"Sophie Ratcliffe has done an exemplary job in editing these letters" (Sunday Telegraph)

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'Wodehouse said letters make "a wonderful oblique form for an autobiography," and Sophie Ratcliffe's expertly edited collection amply proves the point.'

One of the funniest and most admired writers of the twentieth century, P. G. Wodehouse always shied away from the idea of a biography. A quiet, retiring man, he expressed himself through the written word. His letters - collected here - provide an illuminating biographical accompaniment to legendary comic creations such as Jeeves, Wooster, Psmith and the Empress of Blandings.

This is a book every lover of Wodehouse will want to possess.

'The letters, gossipy in the kindliest, amused/bemused manner, bear true witness to the wide-ranging influences on Wodehouse's' best-known novels and best-loved characters.'
The Times

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 3863 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 641
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 0393088995
  • Editor: Cornerstone Digital (31 de enero de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B006X0M1SA
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas More than just letters 16 de noviembre de 2013
Por gordonoz - Publicado en
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First, I am a long-term fan of Wodehouse and have read about 90% of his published output. I have also read all the biographies I could find. So I knew most of the biographical information in this book and have read the letters contained in `Performing Flea' so there were about as many surprises for me as there would be for a gigolo on honeymoon. So, to give a fair assessment I would have to clear mind of pre-knowledge and read the book as far as possible like a Wodehouse virgin.
This book is a biography with lots of letters to illustrate the subject's life rather than just a collection of letters as I was expecting. It does that job well, but rather more warts and all than I was prepared for. Warts included Wodehouse's intolerance and a willingness to bend the truth in order to make biography entertaining at the expense of truth. Maybe it was naive of me to expect a professional writer to value truth over entertainment.
I'd recommend the book to a Wodehouse fan as his/her first biography of PGW, but only if a supply of Wodehouse's fiction had run out because some burglar with exquisite taste had stolen it all.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The life behind the Wodehouse stories! 19 de julio de 2017
Por Karl M. Fromberg - Publicado en
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Any fan of Wodehouse should read this book. It gives a facinating look into his life and work and has wonderful insider details on the characteristics of early Broadway and Hollywood of the 1930's and 1940's.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Wish I had known him! 17 de enero de 2016
Por JHP Carp. - Publicado en
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Wonderful bedside reading. A glimpse of Plum's life through excerpts from thousands of letters he wrote to friends and family. And a mini- history of some cultural icons of the early and mid twentieth century.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Interesting correspondence 19 de marzo de 2014
Por Barbara - Publicado en
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As a young woman I read Wodehouse with much enjoyment, although at the time he was rather unpopular because of the German incident. It was refreshing to learn from his letters how hard he worked and that he entertained us with his work for musicals - many of which were turned into films. A very talented and rather modest man.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas What Wodehouse Wrote to Others but Not What Others Wrote to Wodehouse 21 de febrero de 2013
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I've been a Wodehouse fan for decades. Love to re-read about Bertie and Jeeves, Lord Emsworth and brother Galahad, all the Drones, Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets, Young Lovers, Hollywood characters. Even the golf stories, as long as The Oldest Member tells the tale.

So, I thought "P.G. Wodehouse : a Life in Letters" would be an electric charge. He wrote musicals, worked with Jerome Kern and other biggies from the turn of the Twentieth to the 20's and 30's. He nearly got put away for treasonable broacasts from Berlin [He was interned and he just wanted to put an amusing spin on his prison memoirs. Stiff upper lip and all that - but the British gentlemen thought he was 'playing cricket' for the opposition. Really hurt him that they thought that way.] So he must have had a lot to relate.

But it wasn't a charge. More a fizzle. I should have known, after reading "Conan Doyle : a life in letters" that a life in letters is not as interesting as a biography. Doyle was an amazing and interesting man. Read Daniel Stashower's "A Teller of Tales".] Both lives in letters could have been more interesting if we could read a two way conversation.

Reading the letters might interest the Wodehouse scholar, but the fan should read the biographies if he wants to learn about Wodehouse. The explanatory parts were more informative, especially those about his early life and relationship with his parents and brothers, and his adopted daughter.
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