Written by Helen Melody, Lead Curator of Up to date Literary and Inventive Archives.
The British Library has been house to the P.G. Wodehouse archive since September 2016. It’s a massive assortment of 481 folders and volumes, which supplies an actual perception into the life and work of the author, humourist and lyricist.
The archive comprises materials regarding Wodehouse’s literary profession, his theatrical and cinematic work, the Second World Warfare interval and his non-public life. Additionally included are papers regarding followers of Wodehouse, analysis and articles about his writing, occasions and commemorations organised after his demise, and diversifications of his work.
The archive is catalogued and extra info could be discovered by looking the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue utilizing key phrases or the reference Mortgage MS 129. Anybody with a reader’s go can seek the advice of the archive within the Manuscripts studying room on the second ground of the Library. Please see the Reader Registration pages of the Library’s web site for extra details about the way to register for a go if you don’t have already got one.
The Wodehouse archive is a useful resource for everybody nevertheless it may very well be significantly helpful for anybody who’s planning to submit an entry for the worldwide Essay prize that has been launched by the P.G. Wodehouse Society (UK). The initiative was launched in late 2021 to mark the 140th anniversary of Wodehouse’s start and coincide with the 25th anniversary of the creation of the society in 2022. Two prizes of £1000 and £250 can be awarded to the grownup and junior winners respectively by a judging panel that features Paula Byrne, Stephen Fry and Sophie Ratcliffe.
The prize is open to all. The judges ask that entries concentrate on Wodehouse’s novels, tales, performs and journalism with the hope that they may throw scholarly new gentle on points of his writing.
Entries, which should be authentic and beforehand unpublished, needs to be submitted to [email protected] by 12 midday BST on Wednesday 1 September 2022. Full particulars and Phrases & Situations could be discovered on the Society’s web site. Good luck to anybody who decides to enter.