Monday, May 29, 2006

Everyman editions of P. G. Wodehouse books

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of P. G. Wodehouse’s death, Everyman (in 2000) started publishing extremely elegant hardback editions of Wodehouse’s books. From the delightful colour drawings on the cover, through the majestic lining paper inside, to the pleasing feel of the printed pages, these editions are a real pleasure to read.

I am currently reading Wodehouse’s The Luck of the Bodkins in this format, which thus far is proving to be a real treat. Wodehouse is in my view best read, rather than watched on the television, principally because the richness of Wodehouse’s wordcrafting is delightful. In The Luck of The Bodkins, Wodehouse starts with: “Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.” On television, this picture would be entirely lost.


At 4:34 pm, Blogger John Fitzgerald said...

I'm a great fan of them, too. Currently enjoying 'Right ho, Jeeves'.


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