In Mulliner Nights, P. G. Wodehouse tells us that “there is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” Curtis Armstrong and Elliott Milstein might add that no mutual taste in literature is a surer foundation for friendship than a mutual love of the works of P. G. Wodehouse, and their four decades of friendship, sparked by The Master when they were barely out of short pants and spots, proves it. Across those decades, the authors expressed their love of Wodehouse through deep dives into his oeuvre in papers, presentations, and toasts delivered at Wodehouse conventions and published in Wodehouse journals.
A Plum Assignment collects these pieces together for the first time, exploring everything from the heights of Bertie Wooster’s consanguinity to the depths of S. F. Ukridge’s penny-ante stratagems, from the satiric depredations of Mulliner’s Hollywood to precisely how Plum penned the sunshine into Blandings.
Pour yourself a cheerful whisky and s. and join two great pals for a journey through the world of P. G. Wodehouse!
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Table of Contents
Who Is This Remarkable Boy?
We’ve Been Friends Ever Since
More Than a Little Sunshine
A Study of the Openings of the Novels of P. G. Wodehouse
A Bit of a Jolt
My Contribution to Wodehouse Scholarship
A Legitimate, Businesslike Person
Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge: Hidden Values and Frozen Assets
Quite the Best Talk Ever
Nodders I Have Known: Wodehouse’s Hollywood and Mine
A Couple of Guys Who Should’ve Known Better
The Nature and Development of the Imposter in the Works of P. G. Wodehouse
Only the Appetizer
Under the Influence of Laughing Gas
Virtually Vibrating with Pride
Wodehouse in a Changing World
Brightest Lights and Rarest Wits
A Toast to P. G. Wodehouse and to The P G Wodehouse Society
Young Anglophiles with Wildly Eccentric Tastes
Who is Bertie’s “BFF”?
Thanks for the Books
The Growth of Sweetness and Light: A Study of the Novels of P. G. Wodehouse
The Last Word