Oldest Member (character)
The Oldest Member (of an unnamed golf club) is a fictional character from the short stories and novels of P. G. Wodehouse. He narrates the majority of Wodehouse's golf stories from the terrace of a golf club whose location is unclear, and is never given a proper name. The location of the golf club is also unclear from the context of the stories. In "The Clicking of Cuthbert", it appears[how?] to be in England. In "The Heart of a Goof", it seems to be[how?] in the United States. Some characters talk about pounds instead of dollars, and the fictional English seaside resort of Marvis Bay is mentioned in one[which?] of the stories.
The club's members enjoy having drinks in the clubhouse after a brisk eighteen holes, they do so fully aware of the risk that the Oldest Member who, though he has long since given up golf, has seen all and knows all, might pick up on their conversation and begin to relate a story from his experience. Once he has started talking, he cannot be stopped. These stories are often told to another character, a 'young man' who is eager to leave before the story has even started.
The Oldest Member narrates twenty-five short stories:
- Nine of the ten stories in The Clicking of Cuthbert:
- All nine stories in The Heart of a Goof:
- Five of the stories in Nothing Serious:
- A single story from A Few Quick Ones:
- A single story from Lord Emsworth and Others:
- Usborne, Richard (2003). Plum Sauce: A P. G. Wodehouse Companion. New York: The Overlook Press. p. 118. ISBN 1-58567-441-9.
- Radio 4 adaptation episode listing The Oldest Member on epguides.com