Plum in his library at his Long Island home, with many of his books behind him
… and using his cherished Royal Electric typewriter
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.
Alexander Armstrong is President of the Society. Read the announcement of his appointment in 2017 here.
For a message from our President, click here. Alexander Armstrong tells how he was introduced to PGW by his father round a winter's fireside (first printed in Wooster Sauce in March 2017)
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 email@example.com.
Dedication of the Wodehouse Memorial
The service of dedication will take place on Friday 20th September at Westminster Abbey. Society members may apply for one ticket each from Eventbrite. The ticket should be printed and brought to the Abbey. Members applying in July and indicating that they wish to be included will go into a ballot for a place at a reception at Church House following the service. Separate tickets will be issued for the reception and sent to successful applicants. Access to the ticketing website requires a password, published in the June edition of Wooster Sauce. The ticketing facility opens at 00.30 on 1 July and can be found here.
The Empress of Blandings
The Empress of Blandings, a pub at Copythorne in the New Forest (click here for details), offers members a 20% discount on all food orders. Bring a copy of Wooster Sauce as proof of membership.
Jeeves and the King of Clubs - out in paperback
Jeeves and the King of Clubs, an homage by Ben Schott was published on 1st November 2018 and is now out in paperback.
"Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty's Government must turn to the one man who can help ... Bertie Wooster." (Penguin.)
Future Events Highlights
October 7, Society Meeting and AGM at the Savile Club.
October 17 - 20, Pigs Have Wings in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Wodehouse Society's 20th biennial convention.
More future events here.
The Emsworth Museum, which has a permanent exhibition marking Plum’s connection to the town, is only open on certain days from 6 April to 27 October in 2019. It is open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30 - 16.30, on Sundays 14.30 - 16.30 and all Fridays in August 14.30 - 16.30. Further details are here.
Membership of the Society makes a present that cannot fail to bring a smile of gratitude from the recipient. Who do you love enough to give it? Details here.
Remembering our Remembrancer
Memories of Norman Murphy, from those who knew him, continue to accumulate (see the latest here). And for an account of a Society evening of understandably mixed emotions on February 15th 2017 when friends and members met to exchange their fondest memories of our Founding Chairman, click here.