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P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) spent much of his life in Southampton, New York, but was born in England and educated in Surrey. His roots were in England and his youth had been spent there: prep schools, Dulwich College, a spell in a bank, and years of freelancing as a journalist, novelist, short-story writer, lyricist, and playwright. He gained his dual citizenship in 1955 and lived more years of his life in America than he did in England. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he wrote more than ninety books, twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies. An expert humorist and a master of light verse, Sir Pelham Wodehouse died of a heart attack on St. Valentine’s Day 1975 at the age of ninety-three.

A message from Overlook Press publisher Peter Mayer, on the publication of The Collector’s Wodehouse Series

Wodehouse was that perfect Anglo-American: his subject was nearly always England, but he became an American and lived on Long Island. The Collector’s Wodehouse series is itself a wonderful amalgam of British and American, conceived by David Campbell at Everyman’s Library in London.

Wodehouse will always be part of our most joyous reading experiences. The Collector’s Wodehouse, when complete, will be the first complete hardback series of Wodehouse’s works by any one publisher. In every case, the editor has gone back to the first edition of each book and corrected errors that crept into the innumerable paperback editions. Each book has been re-typeset using that classic English typeface, Caslon. Further, these are printed on acid-free paper and are sewn and bound in full cloth. Andrzej Klimowski is the perfect illustrator for Wodehouse and both David Campbell and I are certain that no other Wodehouse collection will surpass or outlive this one.

Translated into more than thirty languages, even collected, we are told, by a Russian monk living in a hermit’s cell on Mount Athos, PGW and his stories are miracles in which we all share.

Critical Praise for P.G. Wodehouse
“P.G. Wodehouse is the gold standard of English wit.” –Christopher Hitchens

“All one can do is read [the Wodehouse books] and laugh like an idiot. To assist you in this, The Overlook Press is publishing a set of clothbound collector’s editions of the master’s work. They’re beautiful books, much welcome.” –Bookforum

“Wodehouse’s novels are the very definition of British humor—bubblingly witty and dryly loony. And as Overlook continues its reissue of these absurd soufflés, you can buy the work for yourself in suave hardcover volumes, the dusk jackets as natty as the prose.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Could a P.G. Wodehouse revival be more timely? The Overlook Press, which is reissuing Wodehouse’s comic novels, clearly has its finger on America’s pulse. With its sumptuously bound editions, The Overlook Press has done the master proud.” –Los Angeles Times

“Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever.” –Douglas Adams


To order the complete Wodehouse collection, please contact our Sales Department directly at (212)-673-2423 or sales@overlookny.com.
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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
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A classic the last book written by Woodhouse featuring Bertie and Jeeves Learn More

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Bachelors Anonymous
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Much-married American movie mogul Ivor Llewellyn depends on his friends at Bachelors Anonymous to keep him out of romantic entanglements. But when devoted bachelor Trout takes it upon himself to thwart a romance between Pickering and a beautiful journalist, he sets in train a series of events which end in more than one marriage--including his own. Learn More

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Barmy in Wonderland
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The Wodehouse series continues with a sparkling novel from the master of hijinks and social comedy. Learn More

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Big Money
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Bill the Conqueror
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Bill the Conqueror finds Felicia, a sprightly girl calculated to put the stuffing into any man, about to be married off to the dreary Roderick Pyke. But when Bill West arrives from New York she suddenly recognizes in him the man for whom she should forsake all others. Learn More

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Blandings Castle
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Blandings Castle is a collection of tales concerning Lord Emsworth and the Threepwood clan Learn More

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Bring on the Girls
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P.G. Wodehouse is recognized as the greatest English comic writer of the twentieth century, rightly admired throughout the world and translated into more than thirty languages. Launched on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, this series presents each Overlook Wodehouse as the finest edition of the master’s work ever published—beautifully designed and faithful to the original.

Not George Washington is a novel about a writer and journalist at the start of his career—and his many misadventures. That the writer resembles P.G. Wodehouse in a great many ways is no accident


"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." —Douglas Adams

"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own." —Evelyn Waugh


P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) spent much of his life in Southampton, New York, but was born in England and educated in Surrey. He became an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he published more than ninety books and twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies. Learn More

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Carry On, Jeeves
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Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of stories in which Jeeves take charge and a familiar bevy of individuals appeal to him to solve their problems and are never disappointed. Learn More

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Clicking of Cuthbert
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"Overlook Press continues its reissue of a handful of these absurd souffles. You can buy the work for yourself in suave hardcover volumes, the dust jackets as natty as the prose." Entertainment Weekly Learn More

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Cocktail Time
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In Cocktail Time events turn on the fate of a filmscript. Learn More

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