Born during the height of the British colonial period, P.G. Wodehouse spent the first two years of his life the son of a magistrate in Hong Kong where he was raised along with his two older brothers by a Chinese nurse. At the age of two, he returned to England where the boys were raised by nannies as their parents returned to Hong Kong. At the age of six he began his matriculation in a series of boarding schools which would later inform his writing as he spoofed this aspect of the British education system in several of his stories. Wodehouse never really got to know his parents, as they remained in Asia as he summered and spent holidays with one or another of his sizable collection of aunts and uncles. This too, would inform his writing, most notably in the case of his character, Bertie Wooster's aunts Dahlia, Agatha, and others. He was the author of nearly 100 novels, numerous short stories, songs, plays, and articles.
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