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Samuel Johnson

Happy Birthday, P.G. Wodehouse!

Happy Birthday, P.G. Wodehouse!

Some people have left such an enduring mark on civilization that we shouldn't wait for jubilees or other milestones to honor their birthdays. Such is P.G. Wodehouse, that great British master of farce, born 132 years ago today. For me, Wodehouse is the antidote to every ill that can arise in life. On my Wodehouse shelf there isn't a volume that hasn't been reread a hundred times, thumbed nearly to dust. There are passages in every book and story that can still leap off the page and make me laugh out loud, never mind that I can recite them by heart.  Most Americans probably know Wodehouse mostly from the TV adaptation "Jeeves and Wooster," drawn from his most...

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