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Uncle Fred in the Springtime

It was an axiom with Pongo Twistleton that his Uncle Frederick was one of those people who ought not to be allowed at large. When, therefore, that irresponsible, perennially youthful peer, masquerading as a famous brain specialist, set out to save ‘the Empress of Blandings’, a prize pig belonging to Lord Emsworth, from the clutches of the Duke of Dunstable, and then went on to intervene in the tangled love-affair of Polly Pott and the poet Ricky, Pongo feared the worst. And his fears were amply justified. At the critical moment the Duke’s coldly efficient secretary, the detested Baxter, aided and abetted by Lady Constance Keeble, threatened to wreck the whole gigantic scheme. Blandings Castle was shaken to its very foundations.

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P.G. Wodehouse is the author of over sixty novels, and in partnership with Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and others has written twenty-two shows. His earliest stories were school stories written for The Captain, in which Psmith made his first appearance.

The most successful musical he had a share in was Oh Boy, after which he worked with many well-known popular composers, including George Gershwin, Franz Lehar, and Emmerich Kalman. He has been described as ‘English literature’s performing flea’ (a phrase from which he took the title for a series of autobiographical letters), and has an honorary D.Litt of Oxford University.

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