Jeeves and Wooster Stories
Illustrated by Paul Cox
Introduced by Robert McCrum
Produced in series with the novels of Jeeves and Wooster previously published by The Folio Society, these three volumes of stories form a delicious addition for fans, or a superb introduction for those not yet acquainted with the delights of Wodehouse.
‘Like Jeeves, Wodehouse stands alone.’
- Stephen Fry
P. G. Wodehouse first introduced Jeeves in a short story in 1916. ‘I blush to think,’ he wrote later, ‘of the offhand way I treated him at our first encounter.’ It was not long before Wodehouse recognised the possibilities of the clever servant and the ‘mentally negligent’ master, and created one of the most beloved duos in comic literature. The stories collected here are the fruits of that creative spark. Initially published on both sides of the Atlantic as magazine stories, the first volume in this Jeeves and Wooster collection, The Inimitable Jeeves, appeared in 1923. Two further volumes of sublime lunacy followed.
In this gloriously sunny world, Bertie’s troubles stem from various sources: the matrimonial suggestions of his dreaded Aunt Agatha; the imprudent behaviour of his own friends, cousins and unwanted protégés; or his own often too-trusting nature. He need not fear – with Jeeves at his side even the daunting Sir Roderick Glossop or Lady Malvern can be faced and overcome. Of course there is a price, and after a spirited show of independence, Bertie’s rather wonderful purple socks, his dashing hat and even his scarlet silk cummerbund must be sacrificed to Jeeves’s notions of taste. As Bertie acknowledges, ‘It was a wrench, but I felt it was the only possible thing to be done.’
Quarter-bound in cloth with printed paper sides
Set in Goudy
776 pages in total
190 integrated black & white illustrations in total
8¾˝ × 5½˝