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Humour in P.G Wodehouse

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M.H. Abrams' book, A Glossary of Literary Terms defines Humour or humor as the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement.
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, born on 15 October 1881 and died on 14 February 1975, was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. 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 pre-war English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1975 New Year Honours, six weeks before his death at age 93.
Wodehouse is widely recognized as one of the foremost humorists and prose stylists of the twentieth century. His elaborate, farcical stories and novels are set most often in an upper-class, pseudo-Edwardian world of clubmen and country estates and present the comic adventures of characters drawn from the stock-types of English and American musical comedy. In particular, his most beloved characters, Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet, Jeeves, have been ranked with the outstanding comic duos in literature. Wodehouse's accomplishments have earned nearly universal admiration from critics, including such writers as George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, Hilaire Belloc, and Sinclair Lewis.
Both “The Crime Wave at Blandings” and “Buried Treasure” are about the lives of noble men engaging in trivial activities. P.G. Woodhouse brings in language play as well as word play. He mocks and satirises the aristocratic class of England.
In the story “The Crime Wave at Blandings” the humour mainly lies in the character of Lord Emsworth and in his relationship...


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