Ramsay, Allan
January 2005
Contemporary Review;Jan2005, Vol. 286 Issue 1668, p39
Literary Criticism
The article presents an analysis of the social identity in the literary work of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, eminent novelist and humorist, born in England. Like all the best fabulists he had no illusions about life's underlying harshness. Some of his disadvantaged characters seek salvation in the United States, as Wodehouse himself did. The moral is that, whatever his plight, success can only come through a young man's own endeavors and a large slice of luck. One of the chief complaints directed against Wodehouse is that he deals with the love interest in his stories in only the most superficial terms, as a series of platonic engagements from which anything remotely canal is excluded.


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