Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Psmith

Suzannah, at her great site, reviews a P.G. Wodehouse book she hadn't read before [neither have I] about her favorite Wodehouse character:
Rupert Psmith (the P is silent, as in pthisis and ptarmigan) has been my favourite Wodehouse character ever psince I made his acquaintance in Leave It to Psmith, one of Wodehouse’s masterpieces. Sadly, Wodehouse felt he’d done as much as he could with the character and went on to focus on Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth, and the rest. ....
...[R]ecently I had the opportunity of reading a really good one. Psmith Journalist sees Psmith holidaying in New York City, where he meets a Wild West journalist, Billy Windsor, chafing silently in the undereditorship of a cozy little paper for cozy little families. With the editor away on a rest cure, Psmith entices Windsor to leap into a little psensational journalism. ....
Before you can say “psychology” Psmith and Windsor are neck-deep on the hit list of an unpscrupulous real estate magnate and playing a dangerous game among the rival street gangs of New York. ....
Through this two-fisted tale of the New York lowlife walks the dandified figure of Rupert Psmith, quoting Pshakespeare and Latin tags, and occasionally needing an interpreter .... [more]
manybooks.net has a lengthy list of "Free ebooks by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse" — all of them available in Kindle format — which list includes several Psmith titles, including Psmith, Journalist. [I downloaded it, along with Psmith in the City.]

In Which I Read Vintage Novels: Psmith, Journalist by PG Wodehouse [the book illustration is also from Suzannah's post]
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