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"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
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.
Wodehouse presented readers with a glimpse into the world of the upper class with Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. In the vignettes that followed, Jeeves showed his remarkable abilities to fix any problems and provide solutions to any troublesome situations that Bertie-or his friends-found themselves facing. The dialog is crisp and erudite and, oftentimes, so humorous that listeners will laugh out loud. This first collection of Jeeves stories, originally published in 1919, introduces listeners to the world of Britain's different classes in a most entertaining listening experience. Jonathan Cecil provides the right accents for each character, creating the perfect British atmosphere. Verdict Highly recommended for all Anglophiles and anyone who enjoys British humor. [See Audio/Video Must-Haves, LJ 5/15/05.-Ed.]-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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 *
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 *
A handsome, collectable hardback edition * Lynne Truss, THE TIMES *