The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories

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9780140016017: The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories

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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. Born in Guildford, the son of a British magistrate based in Hong Kong, Wodehouse spent happy teenage years at Dulwich College, to which he remained devoted all his life. After leaving school he was employed by a bank but disliked the work and turned to writing in his spare time. His early novels were mostly school stories, but he later switched to comic fiction, creating several regular characters who became familiar to the public over the years. They include the feather-brained Bertie Wooster and his sagacious valet, Jeeves; the immaculate and loquacious Psmith; Lord Emsworth and the Blandings Castle set; the Oldest Member, with stories about golf; and Mr Mulliner, with tall tales on subjects ranging from bibulous bishops to megalomaniac movie moguls. Although most of Wodehouse's fiction is set in England, he spent much of his life in the US and used New York and Hollywood as settings for some of his novels and short stories. During and after the First World War, together with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, he wrote a series of Broadway musical comedies that were an important part of the development of the American musical. He began the 1930s writing for MGM in Hollywood. In a 1931 interview, his naïve revelations of incompetence and extravagance in the studios caused a furore. In the same decade, his literary career reached a new peak. In 1934 Wodehouse moved to France for tax reasons; in 1940 he was taken prisoner at Le Touquet by the invading Germans and interned for nearly a year. After his release he made six broadcasts from German radio in Berlin to the US, which had not yet entered the war. The talks were comic and apolitical, but his broadcasting over enemy radio prompted anger and strident controversy in Britain, and a threat of prosecution. Wodehouse never returned to England. From 1947 until his death he lived in the US, taking dual British-American citizenship in 1955. He was a prolific writer throughout his life, publishing more than ninety books, forty plays, two hundred short stories and other writings between 1902 and 1974. He died in 1975, at the age of 93, in Southampton, New York.

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Excerpt er Care 173 Mr. Everett's and Secretary Seward's Opinion of the Speech 174 The Reported Opinion of Mr. Everett 174 Had unconsciously risen to a Height above the Cultured Thought of the Period 176 Intrinsic Excellence of the Speech first discovered by European Journals 176 How the News of Mr. Lincoln's Death was received by Other Nations 176 Origin of Phrase "Government of the People, by the People, and for the People" 177 CHAPTER XII. HIS UNSWERVING FIDELITY TO PURPOSE. An Intrigue to appoint a Dictator 180 "Power, Plunder, and Extended Rule" 181 Feared Nothing except to commit an Involuntary Wrong 182 President of One Part of a Divided Country--Not a Bed of Roses 182 Mr. Lincoln asserts himself 184 Demands for General Grant's Removal 184 Distance from the White House to the Capitol 185 Stoical Firmness of Mr. Lincoln in standing by General Grant 185

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