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Abr 21, 2007, 3:49 pm

I thought that all the Jeeves/Wooster stories were written as by Bertie in the first person. I have just come across a chapter written as by Jeeves himself. Anyone like to identify?

Apologies in advance to all who find this much too easy!

Abr 24, 2007, 5:44 pm

Not to spoil it for everyone else, shall we say it involves an unpleasant experience for Bertie in a girls' school? :-)

BTW: do you know about Jeeves : A Gentleman's Personal Gentleman, the "autobiography" written by C. Northcote Parkinson? I read it years ago and don't seem to have a copy any more - as far as I remember, I didn't like it much.

Abr 25, 2007, 11:26 am

Spot on, old bean!

I haven't come across the 'autobiography' but, despite my admiration for Parkinson, from what you say I'll give it a miss.

Abr 6, 2008, 6:07 pm

Of course, there is "Ring for Jeeves", published in 1953 which is Plum's novelization of a play written with Guy Bolton in which Jeeves is employed by the Earl of Rowcester (pronounced Roaster). Bertie is absent from this novel and hence fails to narrate it.

I have a second copy of this book, published by Signet Books in 1966 and titled "The Return of Jeeves" which seems to be somewhat abridged and in which Rowcester Abbey has been changed to Towcester Abbey (pronounced Toaster). What? Americans don't know what a roaster is and the editors felt compelled to change it to toaster? Come on!