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The Prince and Betty - P. G. Wodehouse PDF Free Ebook Download

The Prince and Betty - P. G. Wodehouse PDF Free Ebook Download

The Prince and Betty | P. G. Wodehouse | PDF
The Prince and Betty | P. G. Wodehouse | PDF

About the Book

The Prince and Betty is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. It was originally published in Ainslee's Magazine in the United States in January 1912, and, in a slightly different form, as a serial in Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom between February and April 1912. It was published in book form, in the United Kingdom by Mills & Boon, London, on 1 May 1912. A substantially different version, which incorporated the plot of Psmith, Journalist, was published in the US by W.J. Watt & Company, New York on 14 February 1912
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Summary of the Book

The story tells of how unscrupulous millionaire Benjamin Scobell decides to build a casino on the small Mediterranean island of Mervo, dragging in the unwitting heir to the throne to help. Little does he know that his stepdaughter Betty has history with the young man John Maude, and his schemes lead to a rift between the newly-reunited pair.
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Genre

Humor, Classics, Humor > Comedy, Romance
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Book Reviews

#1. I selected The Prince and Betty for the collection after coming across it completely by accident. I’d always been aware of P.G. Wodehouse, but I’d never read him before, and I never suspected he wrote romantic fiction. I was utterly charmed and smitten with The Prince and Betty by page four, and by the end I was impressed by his ability to express profound ideas in such simple, beautiful language. Wodehouse’s masterful prose, sparkling dialogue, and trademark sense of humor blend together in a story that is as funny as it is poignant; a story that’s both an entertaining romp and an exposition of human nature. The setting of New York in 1912 jumps off the pages as Wodehouse explores the contradictory nature of a city exploding with opportunity, progress, and entertainment, while hiding its prejudices and inequalities in rundown tenements and back alleys. And only P.G. Wodehouse could throw together princes and newspapers and boxers and gangsters, wrap them all up in an honest and understated love story, and tie it all together in a surprising and supremely satisfying conclusion
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#2. Oh Mr. Wodehouse! Where would we be without you! One of the finest witty wordsmiths who ever picked up a pen. When I need a smile, or a lift, or even a roll on the floor laugh I turn to one of the many wonderful works of Wodehouse.

So many wonderful and delightful stories to choose from, and each one is from a different period in PG 'Plum' to his friends - life. While my favorite character is Psmith, how can I not enjoy the mutterings of Ukridge, or long to have my life saved from disasters by the likes of Jeeves.

Stephen Fry wrote 'Without Wodehouse I am not sure I would be a tenth of what I am today...his writings awoke me to the possibilities of language. His rhythms, tropes, tricks and mannerisms are deep within me. But more than that, he taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.

As laughter is the best medicine, perhaps we need a good dose of Wodehouse from time to time, and during these bleak winter months, in the dark time of the economy, Wodehouse is just what the Doctor ordered!

Wonderful Wodehouse Fun and Farce!!! So well recommended!
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#3. This is two storiesprobably written separately then later loosely tied together, as a shift in tone is pronounced and abrupt. In the first, the main focus is upon an all American young man whose evil stepfather turns him out after coming in to work bleary eyed one morning after a night of partying with his chums. Lucky for him that shortly thereafter he learns he is the rightful heir to the throne of a sleepy little island kingdom near Greece called Mervo! In this first section of the book, predominantly in Mervo, he again sees an old friend, the American girl of his dreams--Betty-- who rejects him 9despite his royalty) when she thinks he is a toady to her own evil stepfather, the capitalist tycoon power behind the throne, calling all the shots in Mervo, which parodies Monaco. (Wodehouse does seem to have a thing about evil stepfathers, too.)

In the second part of the book the star-crossed lovers both end up in New York, unaware of each other's location, and befriend many of the same charming secondary characters--most notably, the illustrious Psmith, who re-surfaces in this novel as a boxing promoter/scandalous journal editor. There is a heavy critique of tenement slumlords and the sordid conditions of life for the urban poor here, as well as lots of lively interactions with gangland New York. All in all, great fun, another witty Wodehouse novel.
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About the Author

P. G. Wodehouse was born in 1881. His father was a magistrate in Hong Kong and his mother was staying with a sister in Guildford when he was born. The infant Wodehouse returned with her to Hong Kong, but was shipped back to England with his older brothers two years later to be brought up by a nanny. Wodehouse went to school at Dulwich College, where he did well at cricket. At first he worked hard at his studies, but when he discovered that there would not be enough money to send him to university, his attention drifted. After leaving school, he worked briefly at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London. He had begun writing at the age of seven and so began contributing to numerous papers and magazines. Wodehouse had published his first book by 1902. He made his first trip to America in 1904 and by 1909 was coming regularly. By the 1920s he was earning $100,000 a year from his books and his work in the theater. In 1929, he went to Hollywood, where he was paid $2000 a week to be a rewrite man. In 1934, partly to escape tax authorities, Wodehouse and his wife bought a villa in Le Touquet on the coast of France.
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