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A Wodehouse Handbook: Vol. 1 the World of Wodehouse by [Murphy, N. T. P.]
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Norman Murphy caused a minor stir in literary circles when he published In Search of Blandings, which demonstrated that many of P.G. Wodehouse's legendary characters and settings were based on fact. In the two volumes of A Wodehouse Handbook, he reveals his findings across a wider field - the world that Wodehouse lived in and the sources of the many quotations and references Wodehouse used so brilliantly. In Volume 1, he tells us of Winston Churchill's first public speech; of Sam Goldwyn's typhoon that outdid Nature; how Clement Atlee made his first social protest; how the Gibson Girls kept England in suspense; of the longest golf hole ever played; and of the lady who flew the Atlantic without a map. We learn that immersion in the swimming pool (with all your clothes on) was not uncommon in a certain London club and that the home of Jeeves's Junior Ganymede is still to be found in Mayfair. The recipe for Green Swizzles is revealed at last - and a distant Wodehouse relation has provided an astonishing origin for the fabled "Buck-U-Uppo". Based on more than twenty years of searching though biographies, memoirs, obituaries and newspaper reports, Norman Murphy's discoveries encompass English and American social history from the Victorian era to the space race. He demonstrates conclusively that the world P.G. Wodehouse described was real enough. What Wodehouse did was to show the funny side of it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2403 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sybertooth Inc.; 1 edition (1 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DOQ08JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all PLUMMIES! 8 March 2017
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A must for the Wodehouse fan, Murphy's incredible research has provided us with a book that explores the real-life inspirations for Wodehouse's delightful world. I refer to it frequently. It is, however, only for the true fan. A wonderful resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings Baedeker 19 April 2016
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Murphy's comprehensive Wodehouse reference answers more questions than you can think of, and will enrich your next reading of Plum's classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force reference work 29 August 2013
By FSheridan - Published on
This is THE best Wodehouse resource there is (I rank it just a bit above Daniel Garrison's wonderful "Who's Who in Wodehouse" and "The Millenium Wodehouse Concordance" by Tony Ring and Geoffrey Jaggard.) I have the 1st edition and will be purchasing this edition also - my current edition is pretty dog-eared from constant use. It is such a handy reference, and not just for Wodehouse books, but for other books of the era during which Wodehouse wrote.

There's a reason why Wodehouse enthusiasts the world over call Norman Murphy "The Man Who Knows Almost Everything" - and this is one of them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIterate, reasable, and vastly entertaining 22 July 2014
By BGM328i - Published on
Every Wodehouse fan, plus anyone who is interested in Edwardian England, will enjoy and learn from this chef d'oeuvre. Norman Murphy's interest in P.G. Wodehouse caused him to invest decades of sleuthing during his lunch hours, weekends, and vacations. One of the results is this fabulous two-volume work, the first volume of which is a compendium of social history, Wodehouse history, clever deductions, thoughtful insights, and anecdotes (mostly hilarious). Murphy's Handbook is literate, readable, and vastly entertaining, all at once.