For years now, I have been an avid fan of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Simply known as The Master to us die hard fans. I first read Wodehouse way back in ’64 and I still remember the book was “Damsel In Distress” which remains one of my favourites.
Having read many biographies about Wodehouse, it was with great interest that I sprang recently to read his biography by Robert McCrum called ” Wodehouse- A Life”. I found this book to be very informative – giving new dimensions to PGW’s character and life. It was disappointing to see, as I did, that The Master comes out to be a weak man, dominated by a strong willed wife. To me, there seemed to be several parallels in the lives of Wodehouse and Edward, Duke of Windsor.
His war time experiences show PGW to be more naive than most would imagine. Was he all that gullible or the classic escapist?
His life and times, as portrayed in this book, make, I believe, his writings all the more praiseworthy.