Besides his numerous humorous novels, P.G. Wodehouse was a lyricist, a playwright, a columnist, and a writer of screenplays. His first published book, The Pothunters, began in serialized installments in Public School Magazine while Wodehouse was also working as a regular contributor to London's The Globe Newspaper. His next successful novel was entitled Mike, and included the introduction of his Psmith character. In the time between those two successful novels, Wodehouse worked for a number of theater troupes collaborating on musical comedy stage productions. It was during this period that he met Jerome Kern, and the two collaborated on several projects, including a song called Mr. Chamberlain about British politician Joseph Chamberlain which (according to Wodehouse biographer David A. Jasen) was briefly the most popular song in London. He spent much of his early writing career bouncing between London and New York writing for such publications as The Strand and The Saturday Evening Post. He remained in New York for the duration of the First World War where his poor eyesight kept him from military conscription. Wodehouse and Kern teamed up with another playwright, Guy Bolton, and the trio had a string of successful musical plays to their credit. Soon Hollywood came calling; but even as he worked as a contract writer for MGM, he continued publishing novels. For all his success as a writer in various fields, it will forever be those novels, most notably the Jeeves novels, for which P.G. Wodehouse will be remembered.
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