Wodehouse’s massive output poses challenge for biographers

A new biography of P.G. Wodehouse by U.K. Observer editor Robert McCrum receives a positive and empathetic review from Stephen Fry in the Observer. Evidently Wodehouse was a bit of a writing maniac:

even if you know nothing of Wodehouse the man, you can work out that his must have been a life spent largely at a desk. ‘I sit at the typewriter and curse a bit,’ is how he put it himself. A manual typewriter, at that. Which is bully for PG the workaholic, and bully for his readers who couldn’t get enough, but it’s something of a problem for his select band of biographers, into whose fold we now welcome Robert McCrum . . .


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