Wodehouse, P.G. "The World of Jeeves" (Jeeves #2-4: The Inimitable Jeeves #2, Carry On, Jeeves #3, Very Good, Jeeves! #4) - 1923/1925/1930
After reading "Right Ho, Jeeves", "Ring for Jeeves" and "The Code of the Woosters" last year, it was time for another book by P.G. Wodehouse about Bertram (Bertie) Wooster and his trustful gentleman's gentleman Jeeves. I found an omnibus of three of the Jeeves books and I had a lot of fun reading it over several months, the two helped me through some awful Corona months.
There isn't much more to say about these books other than how wonderful they are. I mentioned before that they aren't just funny but that the language is superb. My final sentence to the first book I came across was:
"A truly delightful book. Whenever you feel gloomy, read a bit of Jeeves and Wooster!"
That's still true today.
I found it incredible, how much some of the covers have changed, so I made a little collage with the different books.
Here is a list of all the stories I found in this collection.
1. Jeeves Takes Charge (COJ)
2. Jeeves in the Springtime (VGJ)
3. Scoring Off Jeeves (VGJ)
4. Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch (VGJ)
5. Aunt Agatha Takes the Count (VGJ)
6. The Artistic Career of Corky (COJ)
7. Jeeves and Chump Cyril (VGJ)
8. Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest (COJ)
9. Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg (COJ)
10. The Aunt and the Sluggard (COJ)
11. Comrade Bingo (VGJ)
12. The Great Sermon Handicap (VGJ)
13. The Purity of the Turf (VGJ)
14. The Metropolitan Touch (VGJ)
15. The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace (VGJ)
16. Bingo and the Little Woman (VGJ)
17. The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy (COJ)
18. Without the Option (COJ)
19. Fixing it for Freddie (COJ)
20. Clustering Round Young Bingo (COJ)
21. Jeeves and the Impending Doom (VGJ)
22. The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy (VGJ)
23. Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit (VGJ)
24. Jeeves and the Song of Songs (VGJ)
25. Episode of the Dog Mcintosh (VGJ)
26. The Spot of Art (VGJ)
27. Jeeves and the Kid Clementina (VGJ)
28. The Love That Purifies (VGJ)
29. Jeeves and the Old School Chum (VGJ)
30. Indian Summer of an Uncle (VGJ)
31. The Ordeal of Young Tuppy (VGJ)
32. Bertie Changes His Mind (COJ)
33. Jeeves Makes an Omelette
34. Jeeves and the Greasy Bird
IJ = The Inimitable Jeeves
COJ = Carry On, Jeeves
VGJ = Very Good, Jeeves!
From the back cover:
"A Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus
'Jeeves knows his place, and it is between the covers of a book.'
This is an omnibus of wonderful Jeeves and Wooster stories, specially selected and introduced by Wodehouse himself, who was struck by the size of his selection and described it as almost the ideal paperweight. As he wrote:
'I find it curious, now that I have written so much about him, to recall how softly and undramatically Jeeves first entered my little world. Characteristically, he did not thrust himself forward. On that occasion, he spoke just two lines.
The first was:
"Mrs Gregson to see you, sir."
"Very good, sir, which suit will you wear?"
It was only some time later that the man's qualities dawned upon me. I still blush to think of the off-hand way I treated him at our first encounter...'.
This omnibus contains Carry On, Jeeves, The Inimitable Jeeves, Very Good, Jeeves and the short stories 'Jeeves Makes an Omelette' and 'Jeeves and the Greasy Bird'.
A glorious collection of all the short stories featuring Jeeves, the perfect manservant, and Bertie Wooster, a 1920s bachelor on the run."
I was told the "Psmith" books are even better. Will have to check that.