Orwell in Defence of P. G. Wodehouse

Friday 02 September 2011

The British author P. G. Wodehouse, best known for his Jeeves and Wooster stories, was in the news recently with the release of his MI5 files. A contemporary of Orwell’s, Wodehouse was interned by the Nazis in 1941 and controversially broadcast from Nazi Germany.

We’re very pleased to be able to bring you Orwell’s essay on the matter, ‘In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse’, on our website.
We’re very grateful to the Orwell Estate and Penguin Books for letting us publish it on our website, along with many other Orwell works, which you can read in our ‘By Orwell’ section.
And if you’re a Wodehouse fan, BBC2 are showing a programme tonight at 9pm, Wogan on Wodehouse.

Orwell Prize at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

From the archive

Pinch, punch, first of the month – and a chance to return to some Orwell essays first published in September. For now, we have ‘Shooting an Elephant’, about Orwell’s time in Burma, from 1936; and ‘The Art of Donald McGill’, on seaside postcard humour, from 1941.
Lady Bingham, widow of this year’s Book Prize winner, Tom Bingham, wrote to us this week to say: ‘You will be delighted to know that a friend had her copy of The Rule of Law confiscated by Syrian customs officials’. You can read the first chapter on our website.

From elsewhere

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