Pelham Grenville Wodehouse Vol 3: "The Happiness of the World"
“We read Wodehouse because he was a master of words. We can read Kent for the same reason”. Wooster Sauce, journal of The P. G. Wodehouse Society (UK)
A TOUR OF THE COMIC IMAGINATION OF P.G. WODEHOUSE
P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) is widely acknowledged as the greatest English comic writer of the 20th century. The creator of Jeeves & Wooster, Lord Emsworth and Blandings, Ukridge, Mr. Mulliner, the Oldest Member and the Eggs, Beans and Crumpets of the Drones Club, the consistently upbeat tone of his 100 or so books represents one of the largest-ever literary bequests to human happiness by one man. Indeed, Wodehouse was not just a writer for his time, but for all time, and in 2019, a memorial commemorating his life and work was dedicated in Westminster Abbey, London, the only one to honour an out-and-out humourist.
In this concluding volume of his groundbreaking trilogy, lifelong enthusiast Paul Kent sets out to explain the enduring, global appeal of PGW’s comic world from the U.K. to Japan via India and Russia. Granted unprecedented access to Wodehouse’s papers and library, it contains a wealth of fresh insight and scholarship that gets right to the heart of Wodehouse’s comic vision and is a must for both casual fan and devotee alike.
“Paul Kent has added his joy and light while giving us new insights into Wodehouse . . . Your time with his books will breeze by, and you will clamor for more. Hear that distant sound? That’s me already clamoring”. GARY HALL, PLUM LINES, THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF THE WODEHOUSE SOCIETY (US)
“Kent is forging the new path in the way I hope writing about Wodehouse will go”. TIM ANDREW, CHAIRMAN, THE P.G. WODEHOUSE SOCIETY (UK)