Paul Kent - P G Wodehouse: The Comedy that is Tragedy
Wednesday 20th May at 3.00pm
Chalfont St Giles Parish Church HP8 4QF
It isn’t widely known that P G Wodehouse, usually dismissed as a mere ‘Humourist’, could turn his hand to Tragedy if he so desired.
Wodehouse was equally adept at writing “grey studies of hopeless misery, where nothing happens till page three hundred and eighty, when the moujik decides to commit suicide”, as the Comedies for which he is mistakenly renowned throughout the world.
And so, armed with fresh evidence of Wodehouse’s gloomy disposition, Paul Kent will argue that the time has come for Wodehouse finally to be received into the pantheon of Great Writers, a rank he has thus far been denied for being thought so insufferably cheerful.
Paul will also ponder the abiding questions of whether Comedy will ever be taken seriously, as well as Sir John Mortimer’s observation that “anyone on a wet Tuesday afternoon can write a Tragedy”.
A long-serving committee member of the P G Wodehouse Society (UK), Paul Kent began reading Wodehouse at the age of 12, and is now much older than that. A veteran BBC Radio producer who now mainly works on audiobooks, he has published works on Montaigne, Voltaire and Shakespeare, and a guide to creative writing ‘How Writers Write’. He is currently compiling Volumes 2 and 3 of his Wodehouse trilogy.