"P.G. Wodehouse, who I thought might cheer him up"
P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
(1881-1975) was an English writer most famous for his comic Jeeves and Wooster novels, in which the foolish, upper-class Bertie Wooster is constantly being bailed out of catastrophes by his valet Reginald Jeeves. For much of his life Wodehouse lived in both England and America, where his books were also enormously popular. He also had a house in France; when war broke out in 1939 he was caught by the Nazi invasion and interned for a year in Upper Silesia in Poland.