My Man Jeeves

My Man Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Overview

My Man Jeeves By P. G. WodehouseMy Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom in May 1919 by George Newnes. Of the eight stories in the collection, half feature the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, while the others concern Reggie Pepper, an early prototype for Wooster.Although the book was not published in the United States, all the stories had appeared there, mostly in The Saturday Evening Post or Collier's Weekly, and in the Strand in the UK, prior to the publication of the UK book.Several appeared later in rewritten form in Carry on, Jeeves (1925), such as "Helping Freddie", which in its later incarnation was called "Fixing It for Freddie" and featured Jeeves and Wooster. The other Reggie Pepper stories were included in the U.S. version of The Man with Two Left Feet (1917).Jeeves and Wooster had first appeared in the short story "Extricating Young Gussie", which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1915, and was included in The Man with Two Left Feet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933652214
Publisher: Bed Books
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Jeeves and Wooster Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born on October 15, 1881, in Guildford, Surrey, England, one of four sons. At age three, "Plum," as he was called, was placed in the care of a nanny and raised in various boarding schools, seeing his parents a total of six months until age fifteen.
After school, his father had him placed in a bank, but Pelham had no interest in banking and spent his time writing. He became a journalist with The Globe and contributed to various magazines.
Then in 1907, he began contributing lyrics for musicals. In 1909, he moved to Greenwich Village, New York, selling stories to Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post.
In 1914, Wodehouse married Ethel Wayman, adopting her daughter Leonora. He never had any biological children.

In the 1930s he worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and in 1934, the family moved to France. In 1939, as World War II broke out, he foolishly remained in France and the Nazis interned him as an enemy. While a prisoner, he entertained his fellow inmates and was released just before his 60th birthday. This led to rumors that he was a Nazi collaborator.
To escape criticism, the family moved back to New York and Pelham became a U. S. citizen in 1955. He never returned to Britain, but kept writing for the rest of his life.
In 1975, he was knighted, but due to his age, accepted from the British embassy. Wodehouse died on February 14, 1975, at the age of 93, from a heart attack, in New York City, still writing, answering fan mail and recording introductions to his television show. His last novel was published in 1977.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1881

Date of Death:

February 14, 1975

Place of Birth:

Guildford, Surrey, England

Place of Death:

Southampton, New York

Education:

Dulwich College, 1894-1900

Table of Contents

About Author:

Leave it to Jeeves

Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg

Absent Treatment

Helping Freddie

Rallying Round Old George

Doing Clarence a Bit of Good

The Aunt and the Sluggard

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My Man Jeeves 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
MJinPA More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Jeeves stories ever published. P.G. Wodehouse is a classic British humorist (dead now, of course) who pokes fun at the idle rich and their culture, as well as setting up hysterical scenarios in which silly men have problems with women and/or money and seek help from friend Bertie Wooster's butler Jeeves. The results are inevitably hilarious. If you love humor, it - or another of the Bertie & Jeeves story books - is a must-read.
cws31 More than 1 year ago
Another great work by Wodehouse,but that goes without saying.My reason for this review is to make you aware of "Bed Books".The pages of these books are printed sideways so that the book can be read more easily if you are lying down.It seems to be more of an incovenience than anything else.I purchased this book because of it's good price.If I had known what a "bed book" was, I would have selected a different book.
bluhvn More than 1 year ago
So glad to see this wonderful Overlook Press series. Good paper, nicely produced, good to add to my library of mostly classics. Wodehouse is a master; Bertie is surely at the top of the list of quintessential and lovable English characters. I read these stories in the 50s and 60s, and now can enjoy them again. They never grow old. You see, children, once upon a time humour was subtle ....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delight to read a book that is just a joy to read - clever, funny, and rated "G"!!! Great author and book!! It deserves an A+++++++
tamesthetic More than 1 year ago
I love the way he writes. Lovely, uncomplicated, Skillfully written, beautifully phrased and very funny. Very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dry+wit%2C+crazy+situations+%26+oddball+solutions.++Love+it
mccin68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an audiobook rental and I did not realize these were a series of short stories. the first several were clever and funny after the 3rd story they became repetitious the characters all having the same traits and personalities just changing names. several of the stories didn't even include Jeeves.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Man Jeeves comprises two sets of short stories. One set, as the title suggests, features the familiar duo of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. These tales are obviously early ones, with both characters in nascent form. They stories are crisp and amusing, if not as polished as Wodehouse¿s later works. This volume also includes a number of stories with a different protagonist, one Reggie Pepper. He¿s also a problem-solver, but unlike Jeeves, his plans are usually executed at the expense of his own dignity. The Pepper stories are perhaps a bit less sharp than the Jeeves ones, but still worth a read nonetheless.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a line in one of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books about a character being so straight-laced, he could read P.G. Wodehouse without ever laughing. So clearly, I had to read something by him. This is the first and only of Wodehouse's work I've ever read. While it was certainly entertaining and good for a few chuckles, I spent the entire book thinking "I'm missing something. I have to be missing something."My Man Jeeves is a series of anecdotes which could easily be read as short stories following the life of a young rich British man (the kind of rich that has never required work from the narrator)-mostly set in New York City in the '20s, the problems he and his very rich friends get into, and how his valet Jeeves concocts plans to help them out of the problems. It's a bit like reading an entertaining version of The Great Gatsby.A good light read that has obviously influenced comedy writers greatly.
hhornblower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Topping good tales, what?
dreamweaversunited on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone else seems to find this funnier than I do - it made me smile a couple of times, but never laugh.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a group of short stories (Absent Treatment, Helping Freddie, Rallying Round Old George, Doing Clarence a Bit of Good, Fixing It for Freddie, and Bertie Changes His Mind) set in an earlier time of the 20th century. This was the first PD Wodehouse book that I have read and it was quite amusing with usual British humor.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First totally legitimate audio book. I'd actually wanted to read this, but after listening to it, I'm glad I didn't. I'm not sure I would have liked it, because it is all rather hilariously silly. But listening to it, and especially with the reader the Overdrive mp3 version of the book had, it was one great story after another. There were a couple I liked especially well -- the ones with Jeeves and Wooster were the best, but there was another that took place on a beach that was fun as well. I am eagerly looking forward to more Jeeves and Wooster audio books.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories, most of which are narrated by Bertie Wooster, about the scrapes he and his friends get into and how his servant, Jeeves, always brilliantly saves the day. The middle stories were narrated by a guy named Reggie, who didn't have a servant to save the day, but were much the same otherwise (I was a little confused by this interlude, and wondered if there was an error in the audio file).The stories were amusing but repetitive. I often found myself confused about where I'd left off, so it took me two weeks to finish even though it was a fairly short book. Simon Prebble was a good narrator who did an admirable job of dealing with both British and American accents. I think this is the first in the Jeeves and Wooster stories, but if these stories were any indication of the books as a whole, they can be read in any order.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have only read one other Jeeves book. I enjoyed the other book more I believe. This is just a collection so it wasn't a novel and I would have liked that more. I was just looking for something avaiable at gutenberg.org that was a Bertie and Jeeves book and this was what I found.
Nodosaurus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Jeeves stories are fun. The book started with three, then ended with another. The stories in the middle were not as good. Wodehouse seemed to be experimenting with a different style that didn't work as well. Skip those.
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like any well-educated reader, I have heard of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster for about as long as I can remember, but I had never actually read any of the stories (or even seen any of the TV versions) until downloading this first collection of Jeeves (and other) stories almost randomly from Project Gutenberg. It was not quite what I was expecting. Jeeves, at least in these early stories, is not quite as smart as I imagined he would be. His plans never go exactly as intended, though he manages to resolve things by the end. Nor did I find Bertie Wooster to be quite as helpless or stupid as I imagined he might be. He would not, for instance, be a suitable contestant in the Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest. He is lazy, however, hates to be awakened at any reasonable hour in the morning, and is more than willing to leave things up to Jeeves, whom he has wisely realized is capable of making decisions that are better than his own. These usually involve some sort of predicament that Bertie's friends have gotten themselves into, and the solution usually involves some inconvenience on Bertie's part, which, despite his complaints, he handles well enough (even succeeding in dressing himself when exiled to a hotel in one case!)This volume contains four Jeeves stories. The other stories in the book concern Reggie Pepper, who is very much like Bertie Wooster, only he doesn't have a "man" like Jeeves to help him out. Frankly, there isn't a lot to separate the two sets of stories in terms of enjoyment. The plots are not really important, either in their details or their outcome. Nor is there really any laugh out loud humor. The pleasure of these stories comes in their small absurdities, the wry observations that the narrator (or Jeeves) makes, and with the ability to be a fly on the wall in a world of upper class goings-on that seem pretty trivial compared to real life. Being a bit of an Anglophile, I enjoyed the visit. I assume that the stories may grow a little funnier and the characters perhaps more caricatured as the series goes on, and I suspect I'll return to Wodehouse after a while to find out if I'm right.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Only half of the eight short stories in My Man Jeeves feature Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. The other four stories feature Reggie Pepper. Reggie gets caught up in the same sort of dilemmas that plague Bertie. While Reggie is brighter than Bertie (as most people probably would be), he doesn't have a Jeeves to save the day.I had seen the television version of the Jeeves & Wooster stories, and had also heard most of them in the audio version of Carry On, Jeeves, read by Martin Jarvis. I prefer Martin Jarvis's version to Jonathan Cecil's, mainly because Cecil's voice sounds too aged to fit the characters.My favorite stories in the collection were two of the Reggie Pepper stories. In ¿Helping Freddie¿, Reggie mistakenly kidnaps a small child. More complications ensue when he tries to reunite the child with his family. In ¿Rallying Round Old George¿, Reggie comes to the aid of a friend who may have committed a crime he doesn't remember.There are more similarities than differences between the Jeeves and Wooster stories and the Reggie Pepper stories. They make a great choice for readers who enjoy humor about people with more money than sense, with just a touch of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm rating this strictly off the formatting of the book itself, not the content of the story. The edition that was sent to me has the tiniest text in the history of the world - I need a magnifying glass to read it, and I'm in my early 20s! If the text is so tiny you can't even read it then what the heck is the point of formatting a book that way?? Really disappointed in the edition I received, especially since I was very much looking forward to reading it.
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