Section V: Journals and Newsletters

This section is devoted to the Journals, Newsletters and Supplements published by The Wodehouse Society. It includes listings for the full run of Comments in Passing and Plum Lines through the present date and will be updated periodically. It indicates which of those issues have been donated to the Collection thus far. It also indicates which occasional supplements have been donated.

The TWS quarterly journal began in August 1980 as a small bi-monthly newsletter entitled Comments in Passing. There were occasional supplements of scholarly articles and essays related to Wodehouse and his works.

After the first six issues, in September of 1981, the title was changed to Plum Lines. In 1985, the frequency of publication was changed to quarterly, designated as February, May, August and November. Beginning in 1990, the issues were designated by season: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Over time, the method of production went from xerox/mimeo to print shop quality beginning with the Summer 1994 issue. The size of the journal increased over time and the occasional supplements were incorporated into the issues. The first newsletter was a single sheet. Issues of the past several years have been 24 pages in length.

It is notable that for many years now, scholarly research articles and essays comprise the largest proportion of pages in each issue, followed by chapter activities and news items.

The Plum Lines journals, Comments in Passing newsletters, and occasional supplements provide a chronology of the founding and growth of The Wodehouse Society in the United States, its activities, conventions and chapters across the country.

While the scholarly articles in these publications are much shorter than full-length volumes about Wodehouse and his work, they are equally important in the full body of research, understanding and enjoyment by fans and scholars of Wodehouse. The ongoing researches update and broaden the scope of what is known about Wodehouse and the canon. The Plum Lines quarterly journal carries the Wodehouse banner forward into the future.

We will be interested in acquiring the issues of Comments in Passing, Plum Lines and any occasional supplements that have not been collected thus far.

There were volume and number inaccuracies in the headers of several issues at the time of printing. The correct volume and number of each issue is given in columns 1 and 2. The volumes and numbers that were incorrect are shown in column three as they appeared in the headers. To determine the correct volume and number for these issues compare the year and month/season with that in the table.

Table of Contents

Comments in Passing

VolumeNumberVolume & Number as PrintedMonth/SeasonYearIssue AcquiredSupplementNotes
I1(none given)August1980
I2October1980
I3December1980
II1February1981
II2April1981
II3June1981

Plum Lines

VolumeNumberVolume & Number as PrintedMonth/SeasonYearIssue AcquiredSupplementNotes
II4September1981X
II5November1981X
III1January1982X
III2March1982X
III3May1982X
III4July1982X
III5September1982XX
III6November1982XX
IV1January1983XX
IV2March1983
IV3May1983XX
IV4July1983XX
IV5September1983X
IV6November1983XX
V1January1984XX
V2March1984XX
V3May1984X
V4July1984
V5September1984X
V6November1984X
VI1February1985XX
VI2May1985X
VI3August1985XX
VI4November1985
VII1VI* 1February1986XX* Issue header should say Vol. VII, No. 1
VII2May1986
VII3August1986X
VII4November1986X
VIII1February1987XX
VIII2VIII 3*May1987X* Issue header should say Vol. VIII, No. 2
VIII3August1987X
VIII4November1987X
91February1988X
92May1988X
93August1988X
949 10*November1988X* Issue header should say Vol. 9, No. 4
101February1989X
102May1989X
103August1989X
104November1989
111Spring1990X
112Summer1990X
113Autumn1990X
114Winter1990X
121Spring1991X
122Summer1991X
123Autumn1991X
123Winter1991X
131Spring1992X
13213 3*Summer1992X*Issue header should say Vol. 13, No. 2
133Autumn1992X
134Winter1992
141Spring1993X
14213* 4*Summer1993X*Issue header should say Vol. 14, No. 2
143Autumn1993X
144Winter1993
151Spring1994
152Summer1994
153Autumn1994
154Autumn *1994* Issue header should say "Winter"
161Spring1995
162Summer1995
163Autumn1995
16415* 4Winter1995* Issue header should say Vol. 16, No.4
17116* 1Spring1996* Issue header should say Vol. 17, No.1
172Summer1996
173Autumn1996
17416* 4Winter1996* Issue header should say Vol. 17, No. 4
18117* 1Spring1997* Issue header should say Vol. 18, No. 1
18217* 2Summer1997* Issue header should say Vol. 18, No. 2
18317* 3Autumn1997* Issue header should say Vol. 18, No. 3
19417* 4Winter1997* Issue header should say Vol. 18, No. 4
19118* 1Spring1998* Issue header should say Vol. 19, No. 1
192 & 318* 2 & 3Summer-Autumn1998* Issue header should say Vol. 19, No. 2 & 3
19418* 4Winter1998* Issue header should say Vol. 19, No. 4
20118* 1Spring1999* Issue header should say Vol. 20, No. 1
20218* 2Summer1999* Issue header should say Vol. 20, No. 2
20318* 3Autumn1999* Issue header should say Vol. 20, No. 3
20418* 4Winter1999* Issue header should say Vol. 20, No. 4
211Spring2000
212Summer2000
213Autumn2000
214Winter2000
22121* 1Spring2001X* Issue header should say Vol. 22, No.1
222Summer2001
223Autumn2001
224Winter2001X
231Spring2002
232Summer2002
233 & 4(none given)Autumn-Winter2002* Volume and number not given on front page
241Spring2003X
242Summer2003X
243Autumn2003X
244Winter2003X
251Spring2004X
252(none given)Summer2004X* Volume and number not given on front page
253Autumn2004X
254Winter2004X
261Spring2005X
262Summer2005X
263Autumn2005X
264Winter2005
271Spring2006
272Summer2006
273Autumn2006X
274Winter2006
281Spring2007
282Summer2007X
283Autumn2007
284Winter2007X
291Spring2008X
292Summer2008X
293Autumn2008X
294Winter2008
301Spring2009
302Summer2009
303Autumn2009
304Winter2009X
311Spring2010
312Summer2010
313Autumn2010X
314Winter2010
321Spring2011X
322Summer2011X
323Autumn2011
324Winter2011
331Spring2012
332Summer2012
333Autumn2012
334Winter2012
341Spring2013X
342Summer2013
343Autumn2013X
344Winter2013X
351Spring2014X
352Summer2014X
353Autumn2014X
354Winter2014X
361Spring2015X
362Summer2015X
363Autumn2015X
364Winter2015X
371Spring2016X
372Summer2016X
373Autumn2016
374Winter2016X
381Spring2017X
382Summer2017X
383Autumn2017X
384Winter2017X
391Spring2018X
392Summer2018
393Autumn2018X
394Winter2018X
401Spring2019X
402Summer2019X
403Autumn2019
404Winter2019