Orwell on Wodehouse’s German Broadcasts

P. G. Wodehouse’s reputation suffered a steep fall in Britain as a result of radio broadcasts he made while a civilian prisoner in Germany in WWII. In his 1946 essay, In Defense of P. G. Wodehouse, George Orwell pushes back against the censure Wodehouse received, offers compelling explanations for what Wodehouse did, why the Germans wanted him to make the broadcasts, and why the reaction in Britain was so fierce and undeserved. In short, Orwell says, “the events of 1941 do not convict Wodehouse of anything worse than stupidity.”

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