Duke of Wooster-shire

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GENIUS IN EXILE Wodehouse, circa 1960, relaxes with friends in his Long Island home

To millions of readers in scores of languages around the world, the name P.G. Wodehouse evokes a mirthful Edwardian realm of hapless dukes, fearsome maiden aunts and one very tolerant, quietly competent valet. Wodehouse, who died in 1975 at the age of 93, remains one of the best-loved English writers. Nearly all of his 100-odd novels and story collections are still in print. Wodehouse magazines and fan clubs dot the globe. Hardly a decade passes without a new movie or play inspired by his creations: the dim but affable Bertie Wooster, his long-suffering gentleman's gentleman Jeeves and their screwball cohorts at...

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