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Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning
Wodehouse on Crime A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning Author:P.G. Wodehouse Excerpt from http://gadetection.pbwiki.com/Wodehouse-on-Crime, retrieved 04/18/09 — P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse--?English literature?s performing flea? (Sean O?Casey) and ?the funniest guy I ever read? (H & R Block)--was a master of comedy. Now, tastes vary as to what constitutes humor--the eruption of Krakatoa still provokes a laugh in some c... more »ircles--but P. G. Wodehouse (?Plum?, or just ?You, there?) is generally acknowledged as the best-of-the-best.
WODEHOUSE ON CRIME collects twelve stories from Wodehouse?s massive output of over six decades of writing. At first blush, you wouldn?t associate innocuous P.G.W. with criminal intent, would you (and why are you blushing)? As the late Isaac Asimov asks in his Foreword: ?Can there be crime in the never-never-land of P.G.W. idyllatry? Certainly! The tales are saturated with it, and even that does not weaken our love...when one stops to think of it, there is rarely a story in the entire Wodehouse opera which doesn?t feature crime.? Editor D.R. Bensen adds that "it would be impossible to present a full collection of those of P. G. Wodehouse?s stories which are concerned with crime. It would be a book of thousands of pages, with a spine about two and a half feet wide, which would make for awkward reading.? He also notes, tongue in cheek, the ?baleful? influence that reading the Sherlock Holmes stories in the STRAND had on the young and impressionable Plum.
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