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P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse is perhaps best known as the popular novelist and writer during the early 1900s. He was also one of the more prolific lyricists on Tin Pan Alley.

Born on October 15, 1881 in Guildford, Surrey, England, Wodehouse was educated at Dulwich College and in 1903 wrote the column “By the Way” for the London Globe. Moving to the United States in 1909, he was a drama critic for Vanity Fair and also contributed stories to the Saturday Evening Post.

As a lyricist, Wodehouse was a huge Broadway success writing the scores for Miss Springtime, Rosalie, The Three Musketeers and as co-libbretist for Have a Heart, Oh, Boy!, Leave it to Jane, The Riviera Girl, Oh, Lady! Lady!!, The Girl Behind the Gun, The Canary, Oh My Dear, Sitting Pretty, The Nightingale, Oh, Kay! and Anything Goes.

Wodehouse collaborated with the great Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml.

His catalog includes the hit songs “Have a Heart”, “Throw Me a Rose”, “And I Am All Alone”, “Till the Clouds Roll By”, “An Old-Fashioned Wife”, “You Never Knew About Me”, “Nesting Time in Flatbush”, “Just You Watch My Step”, “Leave it to Jane”, “The Crickets Are Calling”, “The Sun Shines Brighter”, “The Siren’s Song”, “Go Little Boat”, “Before I Met You”, “Bill”, “March of the Musketeers”, “Ma Belle” and “Your Eyes.”

Wodehouse was also the author of many novels including the Jeeves series.

P.G. Wodehouse died on February 14, 1975 at the age of 93.