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Plum sauce : a P.G. Wodehouse companion
Usborne, Richard.
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Publication Information:
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
232 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
The Wodehouse greats -- Psmith -- The school stories -- Ukridge -- The light novels -- Lord Emsworth and blandings -- Uncle Fred -- Insulting the Wodehouse way -- Bertie Wooster -- Jeeves -- Other memorable people and a memorable pig -- Gally's old friends and enemies -- Books -- The other short stories -- Fictional authors and their books found in Wodehouse -- The French for Wodehouse -- How do I look?
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PR6045.O53 Z8895 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Plum Sauce, Richard Usborne-long regarded as the world's leading authority on P. G. Wodehouse-brings together the best of his much admired commentary on the great man's words to form the perfect companion to the nearly one hundred novels of "the most consistently funny writer the English language has yet produced" (The Times). Plum Saucealso contains snippets of Wodehouse's most outrageously hilarious prose, organized in categories from Animals ("Beach's bullfinch continued to chirp reflectively to itself, like a man trying to remember a tune in his bath") to menservants ("Jeeves lugged my purple socks out of the drawer as if he were a vegetarian fishing a caterpillar out of a salad"). Usborne introduces in depth all the beloved major characters-Jeeves and Wooster, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred, Lord Emsworth, and the Blandings circle-and sketches the rest of the Wodehouse cast-from Gussie Fink-Nottle to the chorus of Aunts and Drones. Lavishly illustrated with original dust jacket artwork and sketches from the Strand Magazine, Plum Sauceis the ultimate source for both aficionados and novices just beginning to "scratch the old lemon."

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Library Journal Review

Evelyn Waugh once said that Wodehouse was a "master who could produce on average three uniquely brilliant and entirely original similes to each page." Auberon, Waugh's son, called Wodehouse "our greatest literary craftsman." Wodehouse's comic novels-all 92 of them!-plus his collections of short stories remain among the best loved in contemporary literature. Usborne, who edited and annotated Wodehouse's unfinished final novel, Sunset at Blandings, has produced a wonderfully witty and useful guidebook to the comic novelist's fictional worlds. By way of introduction, he offers 30 "postulates" for reading Wodehouse. These include such gems as "All butlers have port in their pantries" and "Old nannies are a menace. They know too much." Usborne gracefully summarizes Wodehouse's books and offers extended reflections on such memorable characters as Psmith, Bertie Wooster, and Jeeves. In addition, he features Wodehouse "nuggets," pithy and unforgettable quotations on subjects ranging from aunts and writers to children, manservants, and animals, mostly dogs. Wodehouse fans will not want to be without this charming book; those unfamiliar with his comic genius will find that it serves as a delightful introduction. Recommended for all libraries.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.