Literary Birthday - 15 October - P. G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse was born 15 October 1881, and died 14 February 1975

Seven Quotes

  1. It has been well said that an author who expects results from a first novel is in a position similar to that of a man who drops a rose petal down the Grand Canyon of Arizona and listens for the echo.
  2. It is a good rule in life never to apologise. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
  3. At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.
  4. I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed I suppose.
  5. I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.
  6. Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realise the heights to which he has climbed.
  7. I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.

Wodehouse was an English humorist. He wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics and numerous pieces of journalism. He is best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories. He was also part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies.

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