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Now with a delightful new look, two collections of stories by P. G. Wodehouse, a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce"(The Times [London])

In creating that incomparable pair—the lovable scamp Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves—P. G. Wodehouse "made a world for us to live in and delight in" (Evelyn Waugh). This volume contains eleven stories, including "Jeeves and the Impending Doom," a...
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Overview

Now with a delightful new look, two collections of stories by P. G. Wodehouse, a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce"(The Times [London])

In creating that incomparable pair—the lovable scamp Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves—P. G. Wodehouse "made a world for us to live in and delight in" (Evelyn Waugh). This volume contains eleven stories, including "Jeeves and the Impending Doom," a hilarious chronicle of a ghastly weekend at Aunt Agatha's country home; "Jeeves and the Song of Songs," which features Bertie's reluctant public debut as a singer; and "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy," in which Jeeves manages, with his usual aplomb, to help one of Bertie's bumbling pals win the hand of the woman he loves.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I, when he married an American. He wrote more than ninety books, and his works, translated into many languages, won him worldwide acclaim.

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These four latest installments in Overlook's "Collector's Wodehouse" series offers a taste of Jeeves and samplings of other comedies. Though Wodehouse editions abound, this series, based on the original British texts, offers small, hardcovers with sewn bindings and acid-free paper for an affordable price. Real beauties. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The Observer
“There are eleven tales in this book and each is the best.”
The New Yorker
“Wodehouse is the funniest writer—that is, the most resourceful and unflagging deliverer of fun—that the human race, a glum crowd, has yet produced.”
The Times [London]
“A brilliantly funny writer—perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced.”
Ben Elton
“Sublime comic genius.”
Lynne Truss
“You should read Wodehouse when you’re well, and when you’re poorly; when you’re travelling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim. Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already.”
Stephen Fry
“You don’t analyze such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendor.”
Evelyn Waugh
“Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”
Kingsley Amis
“The works of Wodehouse continue on their unique way, unmarked by the passage of time.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140284102
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Jeeves and Wooster Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

P. G. Wodehouse was born in England in 1881 and in 1955 became an American citizen. He published more than ninety books and had a successful career writing lyrics and musicals in collaboration with Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and Cole Porter, among others.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    The TV show only scratched the surface.

    Bertie Wooster's world is one of 1920s elegance and pith, of high society and low comedy, of fun and foibles, homicidal swans, leaky water bottles and near death from starvation at the hands of a food faddist. Bertie is--how should one say this?--not the brightest jewel ever to have emerged from a British university. He relies on his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves, a butler with more than enough wit and savvy to save Bertie from the many scrapes he gets into. Jeeves usually has a knack for doing the 'wrong' thing that turns out to be the right thing. When these stories were written in the period between World Wars I and II they were social satires; now they are period pieces and the cracker-dry wit is an acquired taste, especially among Americans. (Be on the lookout for the sly remarks Jeeves puts over on Bertie without Berties's knowing it.) For Anglophiles, this book is seventh heaven.

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