Not George Washington: An Autobiographical Novel

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The Floating Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 225 pages
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The renowned British humorist takes on his own early career in this fictionalized account of how he got his start in the publishing world. Wodehouse's alter ego "James Orlebar Cloyster" stumbles and fumbles his way through ignominious assignments and false starts, but ultimately achieves success on his own terms.
 

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First published in England in 1907, Not George Washington never appeared here in any form until now. And with good reason. It's a dreadful novel, beginning with its odd title. Told through several ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
5
MISS MARGARET GOODWINS NARRATIVE
6
Chapter 1 James Arrives
7
Chapter 2 James Sets Out
15
Chapter 3 A Harmless Deception
22
PART II
29
JAMES ORLEBAR CLOYSTERS NARRATIVE
30
Chapter 1 The Invasion of Bohemia
31
Chapter 13 The Second Ghost
122
Chapter 14 The Third Ghost
126
Chapter 15 Eva Eversleigh
130
Chapter 16 I Tell Julian
138
SIDNEY PRICES NARRATIVE
145
Chapter 17 A Ghostly Gathering
146
Chapter 18 One in the Eye
158
Chapter 19 In the Soup
163

Chapter 2 I Evacuate Bohemia
40
Chapter 3 The Orb
47
Chapter 4 Julian Eversleigh
54
Chapter 5 The Column
61
Chapter 6 New Years Eve
67
Chapter 7 I Meet Mr Thomas Blake
73
Chapter 8 I Meet the Rev John Hatton
80
Chapter 9 Julian Learns My Secret
90
Chapter 10 Tom Blake Again
101
Chapter 11 Julians Idea
111
Chapter 12 The First Ghost
117
Chapter 20 Norah Wins Home
171
JULIAN EVERSLEIGHS NARRATIVE
178
Chapter 21 The Transposition of Sentiment
179
Chapter 22 A Chat with James
187
Chapter 23 In a Hansom
195
NARRATIVE RESUMED BY JAMES ORLEBAR CLOYSTER
203
Chapter 24 A Rift in the Clouds
204
Chapter 25 Briggs to the Rescue
211
Chapter 26 My Triumph
220
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P. G. Wodehouse was born in Guildford, United Kingdom on October 15, 1881. After completing school, he spent two years as a banker at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London and then took a job as a sports reporter and columnist for the Globe newspaper. His first novel, The Pothunters, was published in 1902. He wrote over 100 novels and short story collections during his lifetime including A Perfect Uncle, Love Among the Chickens, The Swoop, P. Smith in the City, Meet Mr. Milliner, Doctor Sally, Quick Service, The Old Reliable, Uneasy Money, A Damsel in Distress, Jill the Reckless, The Adventures of Sally, A Pelican at Blandings, The Girl in Blue, and Aunts Aren't Gentlemen. His most famous characters, Bertie Wooster and his manservant, Jeeves, appeared in books such as Much Obliged, Jeeves. He also wrote lyrics for musical comedies and worked as screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1930s. In 1939, he bought a villa in Le Touquet on the coast of France. He remained there when World War II started in 1939. The following year, the Germans appropriated the villa, confiscated property, and arrested him. He was detained in various German camps for almost one year before being released in 1941. He went to Berlin and spoke of his experience in five radio talks to be broadcast to America and England. The talks themselves were completely innocuous, but he was charged with treason in England. He was cleared, but settled permanently in the United States. He became a citizen in 1955. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1975. He died from a heart attack after a long illness on February 14, 1975 at the age of 93.

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