- French Leave (novel)
"French Leave" is a
novelby P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdomon January 201956 by Herbert Jenkins, Londonand in the United Stateson September 281959 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York.
It does not feature any of Wodehouse's regular characters or settings, but tells a typically Wodehousian tale of troubled lovers, impoverished aristocrats, millionaires, servants and policemen, mostly set in the fictitious French
The titles of some of the French characters in the novel, the Marquis de Maufringneuse et Valerie-Moberanne, the Comte d'Escrignon and Prince Blamont-Chevry, are similar to those of some recurring characters in
Honoré de Balzac's " La Comédie humaine": the Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, the Marquis d'Esgrignon and the Princesse de Blamont-Chauvry. A Comtesse de Valérie-Moberanne made a fleeting appearance in "The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont", by Robert Barr.
* [http://wodehouse.ru/77.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with a list of characters
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