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My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool-headed and poised. This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes "Absent Treatment," "Helping Freddie," "Rallying Round Old ...
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My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool-headed and poised. This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes "Absent Treatment," "Helping Freddie," "Rallying Round Old George," "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good," "Fixing It for Freddie," and "Bertie Changes His Mind."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789810890360
  • Publisher: Cassin Law Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE. (15 October 1881 - 14 February 1975) was an English humorist whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of a pre- and post-World War I English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.

An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams, J. K. Rowling, and John Le Carré.

Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies, many of them produced in collaboration with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934), wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Bill" in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote lyrics to Sigmund Romberg's music for the Gershwin - Romberg musical Rosalie (1928) and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928). He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Biography

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born in 1881 in Guildford, the son of a civil servant, and educated at Dulwich College. He spent a brief period working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank before abandoning finance for writing, earning a living by journalism and selling stories to magazines.

An enormously popular and prolific writer, he produced about 100 books. In Jeeves, the ever resourceful "gentleman's personal gentleman", and the good-hearted young blunderer Bertie Wooster, he created two of the best known and best loved characters in twentieth century literature. Their exploits, first collected in Carry On, Jeeves, were chronicled in fourteen books, and have been repeatedly adapted for television, radio and the stage. Wodehouse also created many other comic figures, notably Lord Emsworth, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, Psmith and the numerous members of the Drones Club. He was part-author and writer of fifteen straight plays and 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies. The Times hailed him as a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce."

P. G. Wodehouse said, "I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn ...."

Wodehouse married in 1914 and took American citizenship in 1955. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honours List. In a BBC interview he said that he had no ambitions left now that he had been knighted and there was a waxwork of him in Madame Tussaud's. He died on St. Valentine's Day, 1975, at the age of ninety-three.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (full name); P. Brooke-Haven, Pelham Grenville, J. Plum, C. P. West, J. Walker Williams, and Basil Windham
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1881
    2. Place of Birth:
      Guildford, Surrey, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 14, 1975
    2. Place of Death:
      Southampton, New York

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Beware of bed books

    Another great work by Wodehouse,but that goes without saying.My reason for this review is to make you aware of "Bed Books".The pages of these books are printed sideways so that the book can be read more easily if you are lying down.It seems to be more of an incovenience than anything else.I purchased this book because of it's good price.If I had known what a "bed book" was, I would have selected a different book.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Hysterical

    This is the first book of Jeeves stories ever published. P.G. Wodehouse is a classic British humorist (dead now, of course) who pokes fun at the idle rich and their culture, as well as setting up hysterical scenarios in which silly men have problems with women and/or money and seek help from friend Bertie Wooster's butler Jeeves. The results are inevitably hilarious. If you love humor, it - or another of the Bertie & Jeeves story books - is a must-read.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Lucky us ...

    So glad to see this wonderful Overlook Press series. Good paper, nicely produced, good to add to my library of mostly classics.

    Wodehouse is a master; Bertie is surely at the top of the list of quintessential and lovable English characters. I read these stories in the 50s and 60s, and now can enjoy them again. They never grow old.

    You see, children, once upon a time humour was subtle ....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Efin hilarious!

    I love the way he writes. Lovely, uncomplicated, Skillfully written, beautifully phrased and very funny. Very funny.

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  • Anonymous

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    Wonderful!

    What a delight to read a book that is just a joy to read - clever, funny, and rated "G"!!! Great author and book!! It deserves an A+++++++

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