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|This joyful, inexhaustibly funny story will
be as precious to the many thousands of Wodehouse readers as
would a permanent record of the last night of the best loved and
longest running comedy the world will ever know. Sunset at
Standings is P. G. Wodehouse's last and unfinished novel.
We believe the book to be a delight for the sake of the novel
alone. It runs in Wodehouse's text to the end of the sixteenth
chapter of a planned twenty-two chapters. But in other respects
too will it be treasured by Wodehouse devotees. The book
contains a selection of the author's own working notes, of his
first hand-written draft for the book, and of his detailed notes
on the final stages of the plot. Here. then, is an opportunity
to see at first hand the meticulous craft of the Master.
The author's notes have been selected and edited by Richard
Upborne, the acknowledged Wodehouse scholar, who has appended an
essay on the novel itself and written a long-awaited, much
needed treatise on the topography of Blandings, for which maps
arid diagrams have been made by lonicus.
And how is it at Blandings in the end ? A niece is incarcerated.
Galahad smuggles in her beloved, a penniless artist, to paint
-the Empress and at last it seems that that senior pig will be
hung in the Gallery. The Chancellor of the Exchequer comes to
stay, .shadowed even on the croquet lawn by an escort from the
Yard. And what of Lord Emsworth? He has drawn upon the utmost
ounce of his resolution and put a brand new sister to flight,
and we take our leave of him - and of Beach and Gaily and the
others - ringing down the curtain on the happiest of all sagas,
in absolute command of his Castle.