Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Performing Flea: A Self-Portrait in Letters” as Want to Read:
Performing Flea: A Self-Portrait in Letters
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Performing Flea: A Self-Portrait in Letters

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback
Published 1961 by Penguin (first published 1953)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Performing Flea, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Performing Flea

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 151)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Andrew Fish
In these days of telephones and texts, emails and instant messaging, it's easy to forget how prevalent letters once were as a form of communication. Some were positively prolific in their communication, even when - as with Wodehouse - they spent most of their time earning their crust by writing novels.

This, then, is a collection of extracts from a lifelong correspondence to William Townend, a friend of Wodehouse's schooldays. Townend himself was also a writer and so much of the expurgated corres
...more
Debbie
Aug 15, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Entertaining biography of Wodehouse as told in letters to a school friend over the course of 40-50 years. He gives many helpful hints to his friend about writing, revealing how he manages plots, characters, etc.

I was amazed at how many famous people were Wodehouse's contemporaries and with whom he had interaction: Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Zeigfeld, George Orwell, A. A. Milne, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steinbeck, and more. I knew Wodehouse wrote prolifically, but I had no idea he wrote Broadway lyrics,
...more
Tim
Jan 14, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of letters from Wodehouse to a (vastly less successful - but who wasn't?) fellow-writer schoolfriend of Wodehouse, plus a longish appendix describing PG's experience as an internee during WW2, first at the citadel of Huy, in Belgium (where I watched Germany beat England in the World Cup semifinals, or was it quarterfinals, a few years ago), and then at Tost.

It's extremely interesting both about Wodehouse's practices and thoughts as a writer and about his wartime experience.
...more
Nate
Jan 14, 2015 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse, writing
This is a fascinating look at someone who is actually working as an actual writer. P.G. Wodehouse is a treasure, one of the world's best authors, and yet in this book even he worries that people will discover he's just been fooling them for 50 years.

The book ends with some chapters from an unpublished memoir about the time he was being held prisoner by the Germans during WWII. This was also very educational for very different reasons. I'm glad the world has stopped accusing Wodehouse of being a
...more
R.
Nov 06, 2015 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Wodehouse got a lot of flack during and after the war for his Berlin broadcasts, but instead of revealing a dunderhead who was getting cozy with the enemy the transcripts here reveal that he was a formidable intelligence asset to the Allies, wrapping in his trademark humor timetables, staff, train routes and prison locations that should have been of great importance to any spy or soldier worth his ration of salt.
Lauri
Jul 31, 2015 Lauri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letters
A must read for any Wodehouse fan. You get such an incredibly intimate view into his thoughts and approach to writing through decades of letters to his friend. I loved it!
Ian
Dec 22, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of PGW letters written between 1910 and 1955. Partcularly expansive on the internment years.
Amanda French
Performing Flea. A Self Portrait in Letters by P.G Wodehouse (1953)
Justin Lloyd
Justin Lloyd marked it as to-read
May 13, 2016
Usfromdk
Usfromdk rated it really liked it
May 03, 2016
Dan Holloway
Dan Holloway rated it really liked it
Apr 30, 2016
Mike Normoyle
Mike Normoyle rated it it was amazing
Apr 22, 2016
Abby Trantina-protopapas
Abby Trantina-protopapas rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2016
Bharathy Jayaraman
Bharathy Jayaraman marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2016
Nicki
Nicki rated it liked it
Apr 20, 2016
julia
julia marked it as to-read
Jan 30, 2016
Naghmaj
Naghmaj marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2016
Nicholas
Nicholas marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2015
Mrtn Schps
Mrtn Schps marked it as to-read
Nov 23, 2015
Nick Khan
Nick Khan marked it as to-read
Oct 19, 2015
Fredrik
Fredrik marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2015
Parul
Parul marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2015
Tiago Sem-Metafisica
Tiago Sem-Metafisica rated it it was amazing
Sep 11, 2015
Zahidjavali
Zahidjavali rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2015
Max Brown
Max Brown rated it really liked it
Sep 10, 2015
Chris Brochon
Chris Brochon rated it it was amazing
Aug 08, 2015
Cathy
Cathy rated it really liked it
Apr 09, 2016
Lee
Lee marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
7963
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more
More about P.G. Wodehouse...

Share This Book