P.g. Wodehouse, His Life, And His Works Essay

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P.g. Wodehouse, His Life, And His Works

Does an artist create a masterpiece without a source of inspiration? Does an architect
construct a building without first looking at a blueprint? As with all great minds,
writers also need a source of inspiration or a "Blueprint" for their literature. In the
short story, "The Truth About George", author P.G. Wodehouse uses his own life experiences
as a blueprint for creating George and the other characters in the story. There are
influences from Wodehouse's childhood and his formative years in "The Truth about George",
the story about a man named George struggling to find a cure for his speech impediment in
order to win the affections of a woman. P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse, "Plum" to his
friends(Babuser 1248). Was born to a well-to-do family in Surrey, England on Ocotber 15,
1881 in Guildford, England. He was educated at Dulwich, London and started writing at a
young age. By the end of his life, PG Wodehouse turned out more than ninety stories and
fifty other miscellaneous pieces of works such as film scripts, etc. (Jasen 1). During his
childhood P.G. Wodehouse was abandoned by his parents and lived with various relatives.
Although, as David Damrosch notes, Wodehouse "always insisted that he had a happy
childhood, including a relationship with a father who was 'normal as rice
pudding'"(Damrosch 453). He moved from England to Hong Kong and to the United States. He
was introduced and brought up by a variety of aunts, uncles, nannies, and schools.
(Damrosch 453). He went through many things such as being captured by the Germans during
WWII, where he made radio broadcasts in which he described his experiences as a prisoner
and ridiculed his captors. (Bassett 1). After the war, Wodehouse moved to the United
States, which he calls "the romance capital of the world" where he met his wife, Ethel
Rowley (Babuser 1248). and settled, becoming a citizen in 1955. (Jasen 2). He lived out
the rest of his life in Southampton, New York, where he wrote farces, short stories, and
many other works of literature until his death on February 14, 1975. Wodehouse would later
use his vast experiences to write his enormous collection of prose,etc. Wodehouse wrote
many works of literature based on his life. He based his characters and stories around his
own imagination. Evelyn Waugh writes that Wodehouse's characters are "creations of pure
fancy" and that "it is all Mr.Wodehouse's inspiration". (Damrosch 453). In the internet
article By David Jasen it states that Wodehouse's story plots were "complicated and
carefully planned". (Jasen 3). He wrote many famous stories such as "The Man With Two Left
Feet" , "Much Obliged Jeeves" , and many other stories. His claim to fame is his many
stories about the "perfect English gentleman" Jeeves, which became a very popular series.
Also, just by writing so many pieces of work, Wodehouse was popularized. He reached sales
of fifty million volumes in thirty different languages (Damrosch 453). In the humorous
short story, "The Truth About George" the reader is introduced to a man named George who
has a speech impediment. The reader is first introduced to George's problem when the
narrator states "it must be very embarrassing for a man with such a painful speech
impediment to open conversation with strangers" (Wodehouse 1250). The plot of the whole
story revolves around how George travels around looking for a cure to impede his
stuttering problem so he can win the affections of the girl he is in love with, Susan
Blake. According to the story, Susan means the world to George. She is precious, beloved,
much-loved, highly esteemed, and valued. (Wodehouse 1251). But every time George tried to
vocalize his affections to Susan he stuttered. So George went to a specialist who told him
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