Quotations from P G Wodehouse are copyright of, and reprinted by permission of, the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate © 2017 The P G 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-
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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Words To Music
Very quickly off the mark after receiving the PGW archives, the British Library are holding an event on 28th January to celebrate his lyrical prowess. A discussion with Sir Edward Cazalet and "expert Wodehouseans" on his "life, lyricism and wit" is accompanied by live performances by Hal and Lara Cazalet. Click here for more details.
There were mixed emotions at the Society's AGM at the Savoy Tup on the 23rd November (click here).
An exciting new publication is about to go on sale. More details here.
Membership of the Society makes a Christmas present that cannot fail to bring a smile of gratitude from the recipient. Who do you love enough to give it? Details here.
Christopher D Makey reports from Gray’s Inn (click here).
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Read Tony Ring’s report of this unique tribute to Percy Jeeves here.
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.
Gift membership (4 January);
Book of remembrance (27 December);
Recent Events (25 November);
Latest news (24 November);
Future events (23 November)
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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