- Wodehouse and Adams both wrote items for their school newpapers, as did I.
- Wodehouse wrote short stories that were later collected to become his novels. Last year, I began using some of my blogs in much the same way... to write short passages that would become topic or chapters of a finished book.
- Wodehouse wrote song lyrics, which I dabbled at in high school.
- Wodehouse had "little interest in politics and world affairs" which is true of me as well.
- Wodehouse had trouble with plotting in his early works, but later became known for his skill at constructing and developing plots. I still have trouble with plotting. It would be good to know what helped Wodehouse develop that skill, apart from simply writing more stories.
- Wodehouse never had any biological children, but did have a stepdaughter. I have no biological children but two stepchildren.
- "England is a jolly sight too small for anyone to live in with Aunt Agatha, if she's really on the warpath."
- "...an hour before he had seen his aunt off to whatever hamlet it was that she was the curse of."
You can often tell when one of Wodehouse's characters is in trouble. This is usually when an aunt or an uncle arrives.
Taking this family tree idea back further, Wodehouse was reportedly inspired by a number of others, including:
- Frank Sullivan - Known for his character "Mr. Arbuthnot the Cliche Expert"
- Sir A.P. Herbert - An English humorist, novelist, and playwright
- Sir W.S. Gilbert - An English dramatist, librettist, poet, and illustrator know for the Savoy operas
- Alex Atkinson - An English journalist, novelist, and playwright
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson - A popular British poet
- Rudyard Kipling - An English short story writer, poet, and novelist, known for The Jungle Book, Gunga Din, and The Man Who Would Be King
- Omar Kayyam - A Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet
- Edgar Wallace - An English writer, incredibly prolific
- Agatha Christie - They exchanged autographs and letters
- Donald Jack - An English and Canadian novelist and playwright
- Gavin Lyall - An English author of espionage thrillers
- George MacDonald Fraser - A Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books, and several screenplays
- Dame Ngaio Marsh - A New Zealand crime writer and theatre director
- Rex Stout - An American author of detective fiction featuring his character Nero Wolfe
It will be interesting to figure out which of these were his primary influences, because this is a lot to wade through.