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Book Title: A Gentleman of Leisure|
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The size of the: 544 KB
The author of the book: P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: The Overlook Press
Date of issue: March 31st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781585673919
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Jimmy Pitt, wealthy English world traveller, bets he can burgle a house that night, and luckily red-headed ragged Spike Mullins (full of Cockney thief cant) sneaks into his flat, and offers the destination of grafting New York Police Captain McEachern. Still dreaming of the first-class dark-haired beauty aboard ship from England, separated by rail from his second class booking, Jimmy is shocked by the sudden appearance of the home-owner's daughter Molly, the very object of his undeclared affection. Jimmy goes free because McEachern does not want Molly to know his connection to known thief Spike, but also without remembering his beloved's name or address. McEachern is really John Forrest, now plump in pocket enough that he returns to his homeland to buy his progeny a peer, preferably her cousin "Spennie", Hildebrand Spencer Poyns de Burgh John Hannasyde Coombe-Crombie, twelfth Earl of Dreever", already enthralled by "Katie, the penniless ripper of the Savoy" p 147.
Like a mystery in reverse, Deever Castle has private investigators employed, one by McEachern as fellow guest, another by owner Sir Thomas as his valet, to guard costly diamond necklace. (view spoiler)[Whether I read before, or obvious point in context, jewels are imitation visible to Jimmy. Valet locks up other sleuth while Jimmy caught trying to return gems taken by Spike. Jimmy confesses bet, threatens to expose Sir Thomas' miserly deception to nagging greedy wife Lady Julia. So Jimmy and Molly get engaged and Happily Ever After. (hide spoiler)]
Wodehouse style is unique, versatile to situation. "Thash quite shfactory" p 13. "For his ambition was as large as his fist and as aggressive as his jaw" p 21. "The policeman's stare had been of the sort which turns corners, goes upstairs, and pierces walls" p 81.
Question. Weren't Irish immigrants discriminated against in New York at first? TV 1860s New York Copper stars Irish cops and clearly segregates Irish into slum and certain jobs. TV Toronto 1899 Murdoch Mysteries shows prejudice against Catholics. Would Forrester limit his advancement by changing his name to Irish p 22?
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Read information about the authorSir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.
An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by more recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O'Casey famously called him "English literature's performing flea", a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin/Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928).
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