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Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

Also Known As: "P. G. Wodehouse"
Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, , England
Death: February 14, 1975 (93)
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Ernest Wodehouse and Eleanor Deane
Husband of Ethel May Wayman
Brother of Philip Peveril John Wodehouse; Ernest Armine Wodehouse and Richard Wodehouse

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About P. G. Wodehouse

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse ( pronunciation (help·info)), KBE ; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of a pre- and post-World War I English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education and youthful writing career.

An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Stephen Fry, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Douglas Adams, J. K. Rowling, and John Le Carré.

Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies, many of them produced in collaboration with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934), wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Bill" in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote lyrics to Sigmund Romberg's music for the Gershwin – Romberg musical Rosalie (1928) and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928). He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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P. G. Wodehouse's Timeline

October 15, 1881
Guildford, Surrey, , England
Age 9
St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Age 19
Worfield, Shropshire, England
February 14, 1975
Age 93
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States