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Fights of Funny People

Title: Fights of Funny People: How the Wodehouse/Milne Literary Feud Changed Their Writing and Legacies.
Name(s): Lockaby, Curtis D., author
Department of English
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A.A. Milne and P.G. Wodehouse are two of the most famous English writers and humorists of their time, with Milne being known for the creation of Winnie the Pooh and Wodehouse celebrated for his Wooster and Jeeves novels. Not only that, these two literary giants were contemporaries and friendly adversaries for the majority of their careers. That is why it is so interesting when, with the development of World War Two, a brutal feud erupted between them. My essay will examine the literary and personal feud between A.A. Milne and P.G. Wodehouse, detailing its origins, outcomes, and how it manifested itself in their written work. First the paper will outline Milne and Wodehouse's work prior to the war and touch on their collaborations to display their status as friendly competitors. Then it will describe the events leading up to and the immediate results of the infamous Berlin broadcast, including Milne's response which kicked off the feud. Next we shall outline the post-war lives of both authors and highlight their relevant literary output, all of which was influenced by their feud. And finally the works will be (the tone, style and subject matter) examined. While a good deal of this may seem biographical, it is necessary to provide background for the literary argument. The main focus in the paper will be the effects seen in the post-war writings and the exact impact that these texts have had on their writer's legacies and the literary world.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0468 (IID)
Keywords: Wodehouse, Milne, English, Literature, World War 2, America, Feud, Broadcasts, Daily Telegraph
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English Literature in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: December 3, 2014.
Subject(s): Arts
English language
English literature
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Lockaby, C. D. (2014). Fights of Funny People: How the Wodehouse/Milne Literary Feud Changed Their Writing and Legacies. Retrieved from