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The PG Wodehouse Society (UK)

Welcome to the website of The PG Wodehouse Society (UK). PG Wodehouse is widely regarded as the greatest comic author of the 20th century. Hilaire Belloc, no less, called him ‘the head of my profession’. This high respect from his peers, past and present, is principally for his supreme command of the English language.


Wodehouse wrote more than 70 novels and 200 short stories, creating numerous much-loved characters - the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster, Lord Emsworth and his beloved Empress of Blandings, Mr Mulliner, Ukridge, and Psmith. His humorous articles were published in more than 80 magazines, including Punch, over six decades.  Oh, and he was also a highly successful musical lyricist.


The Society celebrates the life and works of this multi-talented man in numerous ways, including a much praised quarterly journal, regular events, meetings and excursions, and close liaison with Random House, his publishers.


We hope you will find everything you need on the pages of this website, which includes:


● a membership application form (click here), should you wish to join this flourishing society of around a thousand members;

● up-to-date news of Society activities;

● answers to questions about Plum, his life, his books;


and much more.


Take your time, linger a while, and you may discover something completely unexpected. We hope you will visit us regularly, so till next time, in the words of Bertram Wooster Esq. – pip, pip.

What Ho!

For a message from our Society patron, HRH The Duke Of Kent, click here.



Our Website Editor is happy to receive your thoughts and feedback. To make contact please email websiteeditor@pgwodehousesociety.org.uk.

Latest highlights

PGW Helps London Library Celebrate

Plum is one of the English writers featured in WORDS IN THE SQUARE: Celebrating 175 Years Of Inspiration at The London Library (5 – 8 May 2016), whose 175th anniversary is this year. To celebrate this milestone, they are hosting a weekend of events in St James’s Square Gardens, London. For more information, click here.


Plum The Lyricist

'Showboat' is the musical that features 'Bill', the best-known song for which PGW wrote the words. It is coming to the West End in April - details here.


Why I Love Wodehouse

Ukuleles and personal memories of Plum were the highlights of the Society evening on 16th February (click here for a report).


Index to Wooster Sauce

Wooster Sauce has now been indexed. Just click here and you have access to an alphabetical list of every WS article published since it was born in 1997.


AGM 2015

Read here how a couple of humourists got the last laugh at our AGM.


Psmith in Pseattle

Click here to read all about the larks that Wodehouse fans from all over the globe got up to at the creatively-named US Society's convention at the end of October.


Society Evening 22 July

Paul Kent's latest quiz taxes brains at the Savoy Tup (click here for a report)


Plum's Schooldays

To celebrate its quatercentenary (400th anniversary) Dulwich College is publishing a series of books concerned with, and inspired by, Alleynians. The first in the series is Wodehouse’s School Days. Wodehouse was at Dulwich from 1894 to 1900. His school novels and tales included his first published book, The Pothunters (1902), and the more ambitious Mike (1909), and in all seven were set in a scarcely modified Dulwich College. They restore a lost world of rich comedy, wit and wisdom about schools and growing up, conceived out of love for his old school. The book includes copious material from the Dulwich College Archives, as well as over twenty original illustrations from the school novels and tales. The author, Dr Jan Piggott, FSA, was formerly Head of English and Keeper of the Archives at Dulwich College.

The book will cost £20, and is available from June 18th (email the.commissariat@dulwich.org.uk for details).


Miscellany

Norman Murphy’s latest book, The P. G. Wodehouse Miscellany, was published on February 2 and is available in bookstores and online; eg. here. The Amazon review says: “... behind all the brilliant metaphors that make us laugh out loud, there is a surprising background of reality. Wodehouse didn’t create his stories from scratch; he used real settings and exaggerated the characteristics of people he knew. This book follows the development and progress of his legendary characters, and tells us where Wodehouse got his ideas from. It is a must for all fans.”


More news

All our other recent news can be found here.


Latest changes

Future events (25 February);

Gift memberships (15 February);

Wodehousean websites (2 December);

Recent Events (2 December)

Plum in his library at his Long Island home, with many of his books behind him; and using his cherished Royal Electric typewriter

Join Us

 The Society is extremely sad to hear that its President, Sir Terry Wogan, died on 31 January 2016. Our sympathies are extended to his family.