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To most people Wodehouse is the creator of Jeeves and Wooster. To many he is a humourist who specialised in silly ass characters. To a large part of the academic establishment he is – I suspect in my more paranoid moments – dismissed as lightweight, perhaps because he had no message: his intention was purely to entertain.


This book contains the winning entries in the senior and junior competitions, plus the senior honourable mentions, in the first P G Wodehouse Society (UK) essay competition. The competition was launched at the end of 2022 to encourage serious academic interest in PGW’s writing.

The First P G Wodehouse Society (UK) Essay Prize: The Winners

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