French Leave (novel)

French Leave (novel)

"French Leave" is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on January 20 1956 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on September 28 1959 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 resort of Roville.


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.

External links

* [ The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with a list of characters

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