In the course of his substantial life, P.G. Wodehouse was considered the toast of Broadway, a traitor to his homeland, a genius, a fool, and a person deserving of knighthood. He had been living in the north of France at the start of the Second World War, and found himself a prisoner of the German government throughout the occupation. During this period he was compelled to make four radio broadcasts entitled, "How to be an Internee Without Previous Training," which were broadcast to an American audience in an effort by the Germans to dissuade US involvement in the war. After the conflict had ended, British reaction to these broadcasts were mixed, but most considered them ill-advised at best, to treasonous at worst. With no hope of returning to his homeland without being put on trial, he fled to the US along with his wife, where they remained for the remainder of his life. However, shortly before his death in 1975, Wodehouse was formally forgiven, and the British government bestowed upon him the honorific of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, Knight of the British Empire.
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