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Plum Precedent

To the Editor:

In his article “Taking a Second Look at Neil Simon” [October], Terry Teachout refers to “Simon’s unprecedented commercial success—at one point in the mid-1960s he had five shows running simultaneously on Broadway.” But there is a precedent: P.G. Wodehouse. Benny Green, in P.G. Wodehouse: A Literary Biography, writes: “In 1917 he was involved in the freakish number of six New York opening nights, having completed all the lyrics of Kitty Darlin’? and The Riviera Girl, written all the lyrics and part of the book of Have a Heart, Oh, Boy!, and Leave It to Jane, and contributed sketches to Miss 1917.

Parenthetically, Green goes on to say that “in that same year Wodehouse published two novels, Piccadilly Jim and Uneasy Money, and also contributed short stories to the Strand and Saturday Evening Post.” I believe that he was also, at this time, drama critic for Vanity Fair.

Daniel Love Glazer
Northbrook, Illinois




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