This site is dedicated to the early writings of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. The material on this site is all pre-1923 and is available in the public domain in the United States. However, in some other countries, particularly the UK and Europe, the copyright of the Wodehouse Literary Estate will extend to the year 2045. Users outside the USA should consider local copyright laws before downloading material from the site.
Sir Pelham (Plum to his fans) is one of the greatest comic writers of all time. His work has been enjoyed by generations of readers, including successful authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, Evelyn Waugh, Douglas Adams, and J. K. Rowling. His books on the bungling Bertie Wooster and his omniscient valet Jeeves; Clarence, Earl of Emsworth, the absent-minded seigneur of Blandings Castle; stories on Golf; and the tales of the Mulliners will be read as long as the English language continues to be spoken and read around the world.
In addition writing more than 90 books, Plum was also very active in the world of musical comedies. He has over 250 lyrics to his credit. He also contributed many articles and stories to magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair, Punch, and even Playboy.
Today Plum is read all over the world, and there are various local and worldwide bodies that meet frequently to discuss his works. Many of his books and plays have been converted to radio, the theater, movies, and television. His popularity spans generations and his fans range from pre-teens to centenarians.
What is available
The Madame Eulalie site was started by members of the Yahoo! Blandings group, with the noble aims to (a) provide the text for early Wodehouse items which were never published in book form; (b) provide the text and graphics for stories and serialized novels which appeared in magazines, all pre-1923; and (c) provide annotations and other information, such as essays and analysis. We currently have a very extensive collection of stories, articles, and poems by Plum, which can be accessed via the Items by Publication menu at the top of this page.
Other members were diligently working on annotations, bibliography, etc. on their own sites; particularly, Terry Mordue’s “Celebration of Wodehouse” which has a wonderful array of information for the Wodehouse fan, and Father Rob Bovendeaard’s “Biblia Wodehousiana”, which has the very specific aim of annotating all the Biblical references in Wodehouse’s books.>
Sadly, Terry passed away suddenly on the 25th of February 2012 and will be greatly missed. >
Fr Rob, who had a very nearly complete set of Biblical annotations on his website, is no longer actively working on his annotations, and his website was moved to Terry’s site.
Both of their pages can be accessed by means of the buttons in the right sidebar of this page. Other helpful web pages can be reached from the Links menu in the header above.
While there are many others who have contributed to the site, we would like to extend special thanks to Tony Ring. Tony was instrumental in getting the recognition of the Wodehouse Trustees for our site, and to get their permission for us to solicit pre-1923 material from non-US residents. Tony further helped us by providing copies of some incredibly rare items which we could not obtain elsewhere.
This site is a work in progress, and we will continue to add more stories, poems, articles, and annotations as time goes by. Contact us at the link above if you want to help.
Enjoy what is available, and keep coming back!