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The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. By H.F. Ellis

The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. by H.F. Ellis

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There is chalk in his fingernails and paper darts fill the air as A.J. Wentworth, mathematics master at Burgrove Preparatory School, unwittingly opens the doors that lead not to knowledge but to chaos and confusion.

This gentle comedy trilogy was a runaway bestseller on first publication in the 1930s and retains a timeless appeal today.

The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. Summary

The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. by H.F. Ellis

The classic fictional memoirs of a hapless schoolmaster.

There is chalk in his fingernails and paper darts fill the air as A.J. Wentworth, mathematics master at Burgrove Preparatory School, unwittingly opens the doors that lead not to knowledge but to chaos and confusion.

In his collected papers he sets out the truth about the fishing incident in the boot room, the real story about the theft of the headmaster's potted plant, and even the answer to the sensitive question of whether or not Mr Wentworth was trying to have carnal knowledge of matron on that one, memorable occasion.

A comic study in blinkered English manners, the Wentworth Papers will delight fans of P.G. Wodehouse or Grossmiths' Mr Pooter. First introduced to readers in the pages of Punch magazine, it was later dramatized for both BBC Radio and ITV drama.

Editorial reviews:

'A splendid comic hero ... cannot fail to engage the sympathy of everyone who has ever sat in a classroom either as master or pupil ... Few books have made me laugh out loud quite so often.' Evening Standard

'I was often helpless with laughter. Not a book to be read in public.' The Oldie

'A truly comic invention.' The Guardian

'Masterly caricature.' Times Literary Supplement

'Wentworth turns out to be the hero of a work certain to be pigeon-holed as a minor classic by which people usually mean a classic more readable than the major kind ... a man Mr Pooter would regard with awe but nevertheless recognise as a brother.' Spectator

'A book of such hilarious nature that I had to give up reading it in public.' New Statesman

'One of the funniest books ever.' Sunday Express

About H.F. Ellis

Humphry Francis Ellis was born in 1907 in Lincolnshire, and educated at Tonbridge and Magdalen College, Oxford. Following a year as assistant master at Marlborough school he began to write for Punch magazine.

In 1949 Ellis became Punch's Literary and Deputy Editor, a post which he held until 1953. It was during this period that he developed the character of A.J. Wentworth, inspired by his experience as a schoolmaster.

Punch continued to publish Ellis's work, though from 1954 he found a more lucrative market in The New Yorker, where the Wentworth stories proved very popular.

Additional information

GOR011267728
9781788421836
1788421833
The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. by H.F. Ellis
Used - Like New
Paperback
Prelude Books
2019-09-19
128
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