In the Kid Brady tales, which bring together two early themes - boxing and the Englishman making his way in New York - we find Wodehouse learning how to present a hero who is at once touching, impressive and comic.
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as 'Plum?) wrote about seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over 73 years. He is widely recognised as the greatest 20th-century writer of humour in the English language. Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler?s Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club. In 1936 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for 'having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world?. He was made a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 1939 and in 1975, aged 93, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine?s Day.
"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to
release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome
than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight
in." -- Evelyn Waugh
"He exhausts superlatives" -- Stephen Fry