You Either Love or Hate the Taste of Plum
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The first of six BBC1 adaptations of PG Wodehouse's Blandings Castle stories, broadcast last Sunday evening, received mixed reviews. As did Wodehouse, during his lifetime. Born in 1881 in Guildford, he attended a series of boarding schools, staying in the holidays with a gaggle of aunts, before ending up at Dulwich College in south-east London, where he was a prefect and played for the First XI at cricket. A lapse in his family's fortunes led to him working for two years at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (now HSBC).
As well as nearly 100 books, Wodehouse wrote stage plays, lyrics, and musical comedies, including collaborating with Cole Porter on Anything Goes.
Wodehouse (right) was living at his house in Le Touquet, France, when the Second World War broke out, and was captured and interned by the Germans. He was released a few months before his 60th birthday - a fact which may or may not have been related to the broadcasts he subsequently made on German radio. The British were not amused, and Wodehouse was accused of everything from political naivety to treachery.
George Orwell (below) was a fan, and in 1945 wrote an essay, "In Defence of PG Wodehouse", in which he attempted to explain Wodehouse's behaviour thus: "It is important to realise that the events of 1941 do not convict Wodehouse of anything worse than stupidity." He went on to discuss Wodehouse's books: "Most of the people whom Wodehouse intends as sympathetic characters are parasites Wodehouse's real sin has been to present the English upper classes as much nicer people than they are." Some defence. From the two …
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Publication information: Article title: You Either Love or Hate the Taste of Plum. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: January 2, 2013. Page number: 70. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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