P.G. Wodehouse's Personal Scrapbooks
1911-1960. In four volumes. P.G. Wodehouse's personal scrapbooks. Compiled over an almost 50-year period. Each scrapbook contains primarily newspaper clippings and magazine articles from around the world, documenting the release of his novels and plays, as well as essays and reviews of his work. Novels and plays such as "A Gentleman of Leisure" (1911), Big Money (1931), Hot Water (1932), Laughing Gas (1936) are documented, as well as numerous other articles on Blandings Castle, the Drones Club, and Jeeves, as well as other articles on Wodehouse himself. Each in black cloth-covered fall-down-back box. Size and condition varies.
Scrapbook One: 1911-1913
Hundreds of newspaper clippings, and other paper ephemera relating to the play "A Gentleman of Leisure" (New York: The Playhouse, 1911. McIlvaine J5) and "A Thief for a Night" (Chicago: McVicker's Theater, 1913. McIlvaine J6). Contains numerous telegrams from John Stapleton, playwright who adapted the novel with Wodehouse. Pages very brittle, many separated, numerous newspaper clippings chipped.
Scrapbook Two: June, 1931-53
Hundreds of newspaper clippings, articles, and reviews. Stories and novels represented, including, Big Money, Very Good Jeeves, Summer Moonshine, Leave it to Psmith, Performing Flea, Blandings Castle, and the Drones Club. Many sheets separating and loose; scattered marginalia.
Scrapbook Three: December, 1932-36
Hundreds of newspaper clippings, relating to Nothing But Wodehouse, Louder & Funnier, Hot Water, Mulliner Nights, Heavy Weather, Right Ho Jeeves, Laughing Gas, and others. Text block separated, old mold residue present; scattered marginalia.
Scrapbook Four: 1954-60
Dozens of newspaper clippings, referring primarily to Jeeves & the Feudal Spirit, French Leave, and Jeeves in the Offing. Front cover detached.
From the collection of David A. Jasen.
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