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Not George Washington: An Autobiographical Novel - From the Manor Wodehouse Collection, a Selection from the Early Works of P. G. Wodehouse Paperback – 31 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tark Classic Fiction (31 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604500735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604500738
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,463,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in." (Evelyn Waugh BBC Broadcast) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Not George Washington is a semi-autobiographical novel by P. G. Wodehouse. An Early Wodehouse presented in a beautiful hardback edition. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Back in print as a hardcover book for the first time since it was published in 1907, this has always been one of the most difficult to obtain Wodehouse titles. Collectors pay large sums for the first edition, but here it is at last in a fine edition at a bargain price.

Wodehouse authority Richard Usborn dismissed this as "a very poor novel", but biographer Robert McCrum noted that it is nevertheless an important and overlooked work written primarily by Wodehouse despite his protests to the contrary when it was published.

The significance here lies in the fact that, at least up to a point, the main character is an autobiographical depiction of Plum's early days as a writer. The result is what might be expected if Wodehouse had written Jack London's novel "Martin Eden", which was published around the same time.

I found the book to be not so bad as Usborne judged and definitely worth reading at least once if you have a deep appreciation for the Master.
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Though one tends to think of his school stories when thinking of early Wodehouse, he did on several occasions stretch himself, and often with much better results than what he achieved with the school stories. "Not George Washington" is a case in point. Billed as an autobiographical novel, this story is very humorous and one of his better early efforts, along with "Love Among the Chickens" and "William Tell Told Again". Published originally on October 18th, 1907 and co-written with Herbert Westbrook, Wodehouse uses his early career and some of his and Westbrook's doings as the framework for the story.

The story is cleverly written, as it moves from one narrator to the next. The narrative starts as from Miss Margaret Goodwin, a woman who becomes engaged to James Orlebar Cloyster (Wodehouse). They fall in love and are engaged to be married, but first he must succeed as a writer, and so he heads off to London and they are parted. Her narrative jumps ahead a few years as she is still waiting, but has written a play which she sends to her husband so that he can succeed.

In London, the narrative shifts to Cloyster and returns to the time of his initial arrival and attempts to become a writer. Cloyster soon becomes distracted by other aspects of life, and the story artfully weaves its way through his career events, his personal relationships, and the waning of his feelings for Miss Goodwin. Cloyster ends up hiding his success from Miss Goodwin by publishing his works through three different men.

The narrative next shifts to Sidney Price. Price is one of Cloyster's fronts who becomes aware that he is not the only one who is allowing Cloyster to publish using his name.
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I'm working my way around to getting every Wodehouse in the series, replacing tatty old paperbacks with hardbacks (and filling in the blanks in my collection).

The books are a fantastic read, and this edition will please every Wodehouse fan.
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