|Leave it to Psmith (1923) [Novel]|
by P.G. Wodehouse
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We open with dark plottings at Blandings Castle, where Lord Emsworth not only has misplaced his glasses, but is being sent to town to pick up a poet. No task could be more unwelcome when Lord Emsworth wishes only to be pottering among the summer flowers. Meanwhile Psmith (the P is silent, as in Ptarmigan) has repudiated the fish business, and when Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth's nephew, retains Psmith to pinch his (Freddie's) aunt's jewelry, manages to attach himself comfortably to the Blandings household in the character of the poet (you had forgotten the poet) Ralston McTodd, author of "Beyond the Pale Parabola of Joy". As the stunning young lady he had rescued from the rain is also currently in residence at Blandings, things would seem to be looking up for Psmith. No doubt more than one poet has been known to pinch a necklace or two in time of need...it is the rare poet or poetess who can survive financially on his or her verse, the fickle public being what it is. Not the first Psmith novel, but, we dare say, certainly one of the plummiest.
Original title: Leave it to Psmith
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor
- Cover by Ionicus from a 1975 Penguin edition.