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Very Good, Jeeves!
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P.G. Wodehouse is recognised as the greatest English comic writer of the twentieth century. His characters and settings have entered our language and our mythology. Launched on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, the Everyman Wodehouse will eventually contain all the novels and stories, edited and reset. Each Everyman volume will be the finest edition of the master ever published.

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Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as `Plum') wrote about seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over seventy-three years. He is widely recognised as the greatest 20th-century writer of humour in the English language. Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler's Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club. In 1936 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for `having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world'. He was made a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 1939 and in 1975, aged ninety-three, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine's Day.

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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.

"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 "He exhausts superlatives" -- STEPHEN FRY "Pure word music" -- DOUGLAS ADAMS "The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" -- THE INDEPENDENT "The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare" EVENING STANDARD

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.

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