Saturday, April 08, 2017
P.G. Wodehouse Was An American Author (From The Dept. Of Little-Realized Facts)
“As a pre-World War II transatlantic creative, he worked in Hollywood and on Broadway. And after World War II – things had gotten pretty hot for him in Britain because of the radio broadcasts he made for the Nazis as a captive in 1941 – he lived in the U.S. until his death. He became an American citizen in 1955.” And this American-ness, argues one scholar, is key to Wodehouse’s continuing appeal.
An anonymous woman in northwestern England purchased an auction lot of old secondhand books for £14. When she finally had time to go through the contents, she found the 1886 edition of the Dostoevsky novel, the first published in English. She has now made a 96,300% profit.