The first two volumes in Paul Kent's illuminating trilogy on the writing and character of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
- Pelham Grenville Wodehouse: Volume 1 "This is jolly old Fame"
- Pelham Grenville Wodehouse: Volume 2 "Mid-Season Form"
Despite Wodehouse's antipathy towards critics, Kent's first volume demonstrates just how much the thick-skinned of us have to explore in his work. The term sweetness and light has notable literary origins in distinctly literary works, stemming from dulce et utile (literally sweet and useful ) from Horace's Ars Poetica, by way of Jonathan Swift and Matthew Arnold. The words symbolize not just a Victorian gentility but a classless curiosity, and love for fellow man. Wodehouse's work should perhaps be seen in this vein, useful tonic to the darkness in the world, and more poetry than plot. It is therefore excellent news that we await two more volumes of Paul Kent's work that can help us to unpick that poetry and try to better understand the source of that sunlit perfection .
--Eliza Easton In the Times Literary Supplement (TLS)