Review: Bring on the Girls

Bring on the Girls
Bring on the Girls by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not a Wodehouse novel, but is kind of a quasi-memoir, written together with Guy Bolton, about their time in the early twentieth century writing musical comedies together. It is pretty funny, and is replete with gossip from that era, including a number of names that are still known today — W.C. Fields, Ziegfeld, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, and even one anecdote of the time Wodehouse met Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), and managed to get him to glare at him.

This book is the source of Wodehouse’s practice (at least for a time) of writing a letter, sealing it in an envelope, addressing it, stamping it, and throwing it out the window of his New York apartment. Kind-hearted strangers would pick it up off the sidewalk, presume it to be lost, and post it for him.

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