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Book Title: Ukridge|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 496 KB
v The author of the book: P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: The Overlook Press
Date of issue: September 15th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781585674794
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Read full description of the books Ukridge:Early Wodehouse work that didn't quite meet the mark.
Ukridge is a handful of short stories about a three-named English toff trying to swindle folks out of their brass. I feel like Wodehouse was toying with his model story here, working to create the perfect mold. He's got the plot thing sussed, but his characters need work. A few of them become recurring characters in his Jeeves & Wooster work. It was fun to see early versions of Aunt Julia and Corky.
However, the fact of the matter is, the titular character, Ukridge, is a jerk. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but I just can't warm to him the way I did with Bertie Wooster. He's an ass and a nasty ass, while Bertie is a silly ass. Being a silly-ass is better than being as nasty ass.
When writing comedy, you usually want your reading public to like your main character or have them at least empathize with them on some level. Wodehouse probably figured that out soon after this was published.
Read information about the authorSir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. 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 prewar 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 more recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O'Casey famously called him "English literature's performing flea", a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin/Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928).
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