P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, known familiarly as "Plum," was the third son of Eleanor and Henry Ernest Wodehouse. For the first three years of his life, Wodehouse lived with his parents in Hong Kong, where his father was a British judge; at the age of three, however, he was sent to England and subsequently attended boarding schools and Dulwich College there. For the next twelve years he saw little of his parents, but filled his time with studies; cricket, rugby, and boxing; acting; and, of course, writing.
At the age of 33 he married Ethel Wayman, an American, and afterward split his time between England and the States. Before World War I he moved to France, and was interned several times by the invading Germans; after being released, Wodehouse was involved in controversy back home for having written radio broadcasts that many thought were friendly to the Germans. Wodehouse then moved permanently to the States, and though in 1975 he was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, he was not well enough to travel to London to receive it himself. He died of a heart attack in February of 1975, leaving his last Blandings novel unfinished.
Books by P. G. Wodehouse
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