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Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, "Plum" to his friends, was perhaps the greatest comic writer of all time. His control of plot, voice, and character are stunningly precise and seemingly effortless, always to great comic effect. If you've not discovered Wodehouse, you've a treat in store. I recommend starting with The Most of P.G. Wodehouse or The World of Jeeves.

Almost everything Wodehouse wrote works well aloud (the difficulty is reading him silently). The exceptions are mostly due to arcane British subject matter; Psmith, for example, foundered on some long descriptions of cricket games. We've especially liked the Uncle Fred stories, starting with the short story "Uncle Fred Flits By" and continuing through a number of novels, including Uncle Fred in the Springtime and Uncle Dynamite. The Mr. Mulliner stories work exceptionally well aloud, being cast as Mr. Mulliner's anecdotes to the patrons of the Angler's Rest. The Jeeves and Wooster stories are good as well.

Wodehouse in Hard Cover!

The British publisher "Everyman" has begun printing a complete hardbound edition of Wodehouse at the rate of four or so a year. There are now twelve volumes in print, with four more coming in March of 2002. These are delightful books, printed on acid-free paper. You can get them from http://amazon.co.uk. The books published so far are as follows (in order of publication):

The Code of the Woosters
Reviews: 1 March 2001
Ukridge
Reviews: 1 February 2001
Pigs Have Wings
Reviews: 1 February 2001, 1 November 2002
Right Ho, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 February 2001
Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets
Reviews: 1 March 2002
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 April 2002
Summer Lightning
Reviews: 1 April 2002, 1 November 2002
Psmith in the City
Reviews: 1 April 2002
Jeeves And The Feudal Spirit
Reviews: 1 March 2002
Heavy Weather
Reviews: 1 April 2002
The Mating Season
Reviews: 1 April 2002, 1 February 2003
Laughing Gas
Reviews: 1 April 2002
The Clicking of Cuthbert
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Joy in the Morning
Reviews: 1 August 2002
Meet Mr. Mulliner
Lord Emsworth and Others
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Blandings Castle
Reviews: 1 February 2003, 1 July 2003
Jeeves in the Offing
Reviews: 1 February 2003
The Luck of the Bodkins
Reviews: 1 February 2003
Young Men In Spats
Reviews: 1 February 2003
Carry On, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 July 2003
Summer Moonshine
Reviews: 1 August 2003
Hot Water
Reviews: 1 August 2003
A Gentleman of Leisure
Reviews: 1 November 2003
Thank You, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 May 2004
Mulliner Nights
Reviews: 1 May 2004
Leave it Psmith
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Reviews: 1 July 2004
A Damsel in Distress
Reviews: 1 June 2004
Quick Service
Reviews: 1 July 2004
P.G. Wodehouse In His Own Words
By Barry Day and Tony Ring. A look at Plum himself

A Smattering of Wodehouse

Omnibus Editions

The Most of P.G. Wodehouse
An excellent starting point, if you've never before read anything by Wodehouse. It has a representative sampling of his short stories, including the wonderful "Uncle Fred Flits By", along with the short novel Quick Service. Reviews: 1 April 1997
The World of Jeeves
All of the (many) short stories about Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet, in canonical order. Wodehouse also wrote a number of novels about the pair, which are not included. Reviews: 1 April 1997, 1 October 1999
The Mr. Mulliner Omnibus
The complete set of Mr. Mulliner stories. Reviews: 1 March 2002

Jeeves and Wooster

The World of Jeeves
All of the (many) short stories about Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet, in canonical order. Wodehouse also wrote a number of novels about the pair, which are not included. Reviews: 1 April 1997, 1 October 1999
The Code of the Woosters
Novel. Reviews: 1 March 2001
Right Ho, Jeeves
Novel. Reviews: 1 February 2001
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Novel. Reviews: 1 April 2002
Jeeves And The Feudal Spirit
Novel. Reviews: 1 March 2002
Joy in the Morning
Novel. Reviews: 1 August 2002
The Mating Season
Novel. Reviews: 1 April 2002, 1 February 2003
Jeeves in the Offing
Novel. Reviews: 1 February 2003
Carry On, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 July 2003
Enter Jeeves: Fifteen Early Stories
Thank you, Jeeves
Reviews: 1 May 2004

The Drones Club

Tales from the Drones Club
Reviews: 1 March 1998
Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets
Mostly Drones Club; it also includes a Mr. Mulliner story and a couple of tales of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge. Reviews: 1 March 2002
Lord Emsworth and Others
A Drone or two, among others. Reviews: 1 July 2002
The Luck of the Bodkins
Reviews: 1 February 2003
Young Men In Spats
Mostly Drones Club, with a Mr. Mulliner story or two; includes "Uncle Fred Flits By". Reviews: 1 February 2003

Blandings Castle

Blandings Castle
Reviews: 1 February 2003, 1 July 2003
Pigs Have Wings
Reviews: 1 February 2001, 1 November 2002
Life at Blandings
Summer Lightning
Reviews: 1 April 2002, 1 November 2002
Heavy Weather
Reviews: 1 April 2002
Galahad at Blandings
Reviews: 1 February 2003
Lord Emsworth and Others
Just one Emsworth; mostly Others. Reviews: 1 July 2002
Leave it to Psmith
Reviews: 1 May 2004

Uncle Fred

Uncle Dynamite
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Reviews: 1 July 2004

Miscellaneous

Cocktail Time
Reviews: 1 March 2003
Money for Nothing
Reviews: 1 August 1998
The Adventures of Sally
Reviews: 1 August 1998
Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
Reviews: 1 August 1998
Summer Moonshine
Reviews: 1 August 2003
Hot Water
Reviews: 1 August 2003
A Gentleman of Leisure
Reviews: 1 November 2003
A Damsel in Distress
Reviews: 1 June 2004
Quick Service
Reviews: 1 July 2004


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