Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born in Guildford, Surrey in England on October 15, 1881. He spent the first two years of his life in Hong Kong where his father was a magistrate. At two-years of age, he and his brothers were returned to England and were placed in the care of Nannies on the maternal grandparent's estate while their parents returned to China. Until the age of 18, Wodehouse was sent away to various boarding schools and spent holidays with any of his numerous aunts or uncles, several of whom were clergy. After school, Wodehouse began to write, and within two years had published some 80 articles (some serious, some humerous) in a variety of magazines. He wrote for the theater as both a collaborator and a lyricist, but he is best known for his prolific output of comedic novels, and for creating memorable characters, such as Psmith, Mulliner, Blandings and of course, Bertram Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. He married a widow, Ethel May Wayman, in 1914, and adopted her daughter. He passed away on Valentine's Day of 1975 at the age of 93.
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