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A Life

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Wodehouse by Robert McCrum

Book Awards

  • Winner of New York Times Notable Book 2005.

Book Description

To Evelyn Waugh he was simply "the Master." He wrote ninety novels and story collections, and among his immortal characters are Jeeves, Psmith, and the Empress of Blandings (who is, of course, a pig). Equally impressive is the range of his devotees: Dorothy Parker, John Updike, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Salman Rushdie, John le Carre, and Seamus Heaney. Wodehouse had an extraordinary Broadway career, working with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and even dared to rewrite Cole Porter's Anything Goes for the London stage. Robert McCrum's magisterial biography chronicles the achievements and shadows of a gilded life. The ill-judged broadcasts from Berlin, where Wodehouse was interned during World War II, produced a violent backlash in England and tarred him, unfairly, as a Nazi sympathizer. His long love affair with America was compromised by endless acrimony with the IRS. This is the book all Wodehouse fans have been waiting for; it eclipses all previous accounts of his life. An Economist Best Book of 2004.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393327519
ISBN-10: 0393327515
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 35mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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My Year off by Robert McCrum My Year off, Paperback (June 2015)

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Rites of Passage by Robert McCrum Rites of Passage, Paperback (November 2013)

Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks.

Love of the Last Tycoon & the Crack-Up by Robert McCrum Love of the Last Tycoon & the Crack-Up, Paperback (June 2012)

Fitzgerald's last novel, published posthumously in 1941, was edited by Edmund Wilson, who attempted to polish the work to make it appear less like a work in progress. This version of the acclaimed Cambridge Critical text draws on the manuscript and Fitzgerald's own working drafts, notes, revisions, and corrections.

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Author Biography - Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.

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