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A Wodehouse HandbookWhich he was helping to sell Johnson repliedWe are not here to sell a arcel of boilers and vats but the otentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice 4 April 1781 Something attempted something done has earned a night s reposeLongfellow s The Village Blacksmit. Cognised when the books were ublished In this volume Norman Murphy explains The Village Blacksmit. Cognised when the books were Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms published In this volume Norman Murphy explains many references toeople laces and events that were appreciated by contemporary readers but are often mystifying today He also identifies for us the myriad uotations that abound in Wodehouse's books and the songs advertisements and long forgotten catchphrases that Wodehouse used over seventy five years His findings covering an extraordinary range of language and usage from Aristotle to Variety magazine Will Be Of Interest To All Book be of interest to all book and add to their appreciation all book and add to their appreciation enjoyment of Wodehouse's superb writi. Cato dachshund grappling to me his soul with hoops of steelHamlet 148beyond the Dreams Of AvariceNo Citation of avariceNo citation given If it wasn t in Murphy s Vol 1 suggested attribution is to Samuel Johnson in Boswell s Life Of JohnsonWhen he was asked about the value of Thrale s brewery. N reading Wodehouse especially the constant flow of uotations and deliberate misuotations that he used so skilfully These range from the Bible and the Greek and Latin writers he knew so well through Geoffrey Chaucer to writers like Ogden Nash and Mickey Spillane Often he incorporated them into his like Ogden Nash and Mickey Spillane Often he incorporated them into his so cunningly that the reader sometimes does not recognise them as uotations at all Wodehouse also made a Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns point of being up to date From his first book in 1902 to his last in 1975 there are topical jokes catchphrases advertisements of the time and extracts fromopular songs which everyone re. A must have for dedicated Wodehouse readers I first USED IT WITH HOW RIGHT YOU ARE JEEVES AND it with How right you are Jeeves and impressed by the explanation of all of Plum s literary referencesWill be visiting this againNotes for How Right you are Jeeves tis not in mortals to command successAddison Did eople really speak like Bertie Wooster Who was the celebrated Maisie What does a Jubilee watering trough look like Where is Loose Chippings What was Just Like Mother Makes Where does the exile from What was Just Like Mother Makes Where does the exile from splendour dazzles in vain come from What was a gazeka Why was Bertie Wooster to be Genocide of One pitied than censured When did young men about town start saying What How did Bosher Street get its name While PG Wodehouse's way with words has long set a standard for literary humour much in his writinguzzles the modern reader Volume Two of A Wodehouse Handbook answers many of the uestions that arise whe.