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.
"Sublime comic genius." -- Ben Elton "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." -- Lynne Truss "You don't analyze such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendor." -- Stephen Fry "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." -- Evelyn Waugh "There are eleven tales in this book and each is the best." -- The Observer "The works of Wodehouse continue on their unique way, unmarked by the passage of time." -- Kingsley Amis "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 New Yorker "A brilliantly funny writer-perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced." -- The Times [London]
Martin Jarvis-who has portrayed legendary valet Reginald Jeeves on stage-delivers an entertaining performance in the audio edition of these lesser-known Wodehouse stories. Jeeves, as always, is straight man to Wodehouse's most original creation, the goofy but well-intentioned Bertie Wooster, who manages to turn the simplest social encounter into an opportunity for chaos. Although the five shorts in this collection aren't the author's funniest, Jarvis easily toggles between Wooster and Jeeves, while convincingly portraying a bevy of potty relatives, old friends, and unsuitable love interests. "Jeeves and the Old School Chum" is perhaps the highlight: Jeeves must bend his brilliant brain to help Bingo Little when his wife, romance novelist Rosie Banks, imposes a strict dietary regimen. Wodehouse works best when read aloud, and this is a fine introduction for newcomers. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.