Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, or Plum to his friends, was an enormously popular comic novelist with a career spanning more than 70 years. His tales of Jeeves and Wooster still captivate readers today after almost 4 decades.
His father was a British judge in Hong Kong and at the age of three Wodehouse was placed into the care of a nanny and then various boarding schools where he spent much of his time writing. His elder brother attended Oxford University and Pelham was expected to do the same until his father’s pension collapsed in value as it was administered in Indian rupees. His father found his son a position at the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank and he continued to write in his spare time and eventually found a work writing for a series of newspapers and magazines.
He had a scholar’s command of the English sentence. He delighted in vivid, far-fetched imagery and in slang. His plots are highly complicated and carefully planned.
In 1975, at the age of 93, he was knighted just before his death although he did not travel to London for the ceremony.
Psmith, Journalist was written by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. It was published in 1915.