Wodehouse, Chandler and a Latin Master

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[tweetmeme source=”awindram” only_single=false]Dulwich: the very name sounds like it had been coined by a second-rate Edwardian satirist; a setting in which to thrust a cast of characters crippled by stultifying politeness and a misplaced sense of propriety.

Yet listening to this programme (transcript here) on BBC’s Radio 4 reveals that there is little second-rate about Dulwich’s literary heritage.  Dulwich College in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was responsible for educating two young men who would grow up to become arguably the most English of English writers and the most American of American writers respectively – P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler. Though, on the surface, as writers they strike one as being polar opposites, the programme makes an interesting case that both used language in surprisingly similar ways and the influence that Arthur Herman Gilkes, their Classics teacher, had on both men.

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