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Jeeves and the Master of the short form
on 28 September 2007
`My Man Jeeves' is a collection of nine short stories five of which chronicle the legendary Jeeves and Wooster who were premiered in Wodehouse's previous collection of short stories `The Man with Two Left Feet'. Jeeves is now the fountain of all world knowledge which he liberally dispenses to Bertie Wooster and his raft of friends all of whom require his assistance to get their hands of the girl of their dreams or a suitable allowance which are generally kept away by armies of Aunts, Uncles and even worse, potential in-laws. That Jeeves can tame them all is a testament to the man.
The other four stories concern Reggie Pepper whom is a bungling ass of the Bertie Wooster mould but whom takes on his friends menaces all on his own, often with less than satisfactory results.
The majority of the these stories were re-written and used in later collections, most notably `Carry On, Jeeves', the Jeeves stories requiring very little modification but with Reggie's parts split between Jeeves and Wooster. That is not to say that these are rough drafts, these are written by a Wodehouse very much finding his genius for farce. That Reggie Pepper was written out of these stories would appear to be more a commercial rather than an artistic decision.
Anyway the book is fantastic, the writer is a genius, God is in his heaven, the larch is on the thorn and all is right in the best of all possible worlds.