P.G. Wodehouse reading list: the Jeeves and Wooster stories

This piece is the second in a series of guides for readers wanting to discover the joys of Jeeves and Wooster, Blandings, and the wider world of Wodehouse ‘hidden gems’. The previous post provided reading suggestions for new Wodehouse readers. Today's piece offers a suggested reading order for the Jeeves and Wooster stories, followed by some …

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Jeeves & Wooster centenary: Extricating Young Gussie

Hot on the heels of the Blandings centenary in June comes the 100th anniversary of P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and Reginald Jeeves. The characters first appeared together in the story 'Extricating Young Gussie', published in September 1915 in the Saturday Evening Post. The centenary has been commemorated with a flurry of articles (try What ho! Celebrating …

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Watching the Birds

After my recent piece in defence of Aunt's Aren't Gentlemen (aka The Cat Nappers) I was compelled to read it again - and found it ripe with good stuff. ... his idea of a good time was to go off with a pair of binoculars and watch birds, a thing that never appealed to me. …

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Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen

A response to the critic Emsworth Emsworth, that worthy critic with an equally worthy name, suggests "P.G. Wodehouse had hung on too long when he wrote The Cat-Nappers" - The Cat-Nappers being an alias for the work known to British readers as Aunts Aren't Gentlemen. Emsworth provides some good evidence that this 1974 work of …

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