Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wodehouse, [Sir] P G

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(1881-1975) UK humorous writer, resident in the USA for much of his life, whose vast output of popular, much-admired comic novels and short stories (a few of them Slick Fantasy) continued from 1902 until his death. The Prince and Betty (1912) is Ruritanian farce. PGW's sole outright fantasy novel is Laughing Gas (1936), featuring Identity Exchange in a Hollywood setting when a British earl's and an appalling child star's Astral Bodies get mixed up while both are under the eponymous dental anaesthetic. The Mr Mulliner series of Club Stories, told in a fishermen's Inn, features comic Parody of the Bad Place theme: Bludleigh Hall insidiously fills the mildest visitor with enthusiasm for blood sports, while Honeysuckle Cottage's unwilling inhabitants are forced into a cloying Story of twee romance-novel Love. [DRL]

see also: Arthur; Humour; The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

[Sir] Pelham Grenville Wodehouse


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.