„If England has any dignity left in the way of literature, she will forget for ever the pitiful antics of English Literature's performing flea.“

Letter to The Daily Telegraph, July 8, 1941; published in The Letters of Sean O'Casey: 1910-41 (New York: Macmillan, 1975) p. 890.
Of P. G. Wodehouse's wartime broadcasts from Berlin.

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