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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-
The Society celebrates the life and works of this multi-
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;
● 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.
For a message from our Society patron, HRH The Duke Of Kent, click here.
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Christopher D Makey reports from Gray’s Inn (click here).
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Wodehouse cover illustrations are being showcased in a special exhibition at London Print Studio. For more information see Latest News.
Read Tony Ring’s report of this unique tribute to Percy Jeeves here.
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.
'Showboat' is the musical that features 'Bill', the best-
Ukuleles and personal memories of Plum were the highlights of the Society evening on 16th February (click here for a report).
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
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.”
All our other recent news can be found here.
Recent Events (26 October);
Book of remembrance (25 October);
Latest news (17 October);
Future events (20 September)
Plum in his library at his Long Island home, with many of his books behind him; and using his cherished Royal Electric typewriter
It is with enormous sadness that the P G Wodehouse Society (UK) announces the death of Lt Col Norman Murphy.
Norman was the Society’s founder Chairman, and later its Remembrancer. An author and expert on London history, Wodehouse and the social history of the Wodehouse age, Norman created Wodehouse Walks around London, visiting the locations that he had discovered PGW used in his stories and novels, albeit carefully renamed by the author.
But Norman's Walks were as memorable for his high-
Norman died in hospital on 18th October, after a short illness, his beloved wife Elin at his side. The world of Wodehouse will, we know, join the UK Society in mourning the loss of Norman Murphy, an engaging, erudite, interested and always entertaining man who gave more to the world than he took.
This site will publish a full obituary as soon as possible.
But immediately, the Society is opening a virtual Book of Remembrance for Norman here. We welcome memories, appreciations, anecdotes -
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