Jeeves is a main character in a series of comic short stories and novels by English author/humourist P.G. Wodehouse. The term “Jeeves” as a generic butler name originated with this character created by Wodehouse and is now listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. The character is the valet of Bertie Wooster, often getting the rich employer out of sticky situations with a clever plan. The character was portrayed by Stephen Fry in the ITV series Jeeves and Wooster (with the latter being played by Hugh Laurie).

The Jeeves character made his debut in the short story Extricating Young Gussie, which appears in the short story collection The Man with Two Left Feet, published in 1917. The first full-fledged Jeeves book was My Man Jeeves, published in 1919. The first full-length Jeeves novel was 1934’s Thank You, Jeeves. The overall Jeeves canon consists of 35 short stories and 11 novels. The character’s final appearance was in the 1974 novel Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (Wodehouse’s final completed work). Below is a list of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Jeeves Books

My Man Jeeves(1919)Description / Buy at
The Inimitable Jeeves / Jeeves(1923)Description / Buy at
Carry On, Jeeves(1925)Description / Buy at
Very Good, Jeeves!(1930)Description / Buy at
Thank You, Jeeves(1933)Description / Buy at
Right Ho, Jeeves / Brinkley Manor(1934)Description / Buy at
The Code of the Woosters(1938)Description / Buy at
Joy in the Morning / Jeeves in the Morning(1947)Description / Buy at
The Mating Season(1949)Description / Buy at
Ring for Jeeves / The Return of Jeeves(1953)Description / Buy at
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit(1954)Description / Buy at
Jeeves in the Offing / How Right You Are, Jeeves(1960)Description / Buy at
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves(1963)Description / Buy at
The World of Jeeves(1967)Description / Buy at
Much Obliged, Jeeves / Jeeves and the Tie That Binds(1971)Description / Buy at
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen / The Cat-Nappers(1974)Description / Buy at
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells(2013)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Inimitable Jeeves was also published as Jeeves. Right Ho, Jeeves was also known as Brinkley Manor. Ring for Jeeves is also known as The Return of Jeeves. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit was also published under the title Bertie Wooster Sees It Through. Jeeves in the Offing was also known as How Right You Are, Jeeves. Much Obliged, Jeeves is also known as Jeeves and the Tie That Binds.

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Jeeves Synopses: The short story collection Very Good, Jeeves! by P.G. Wodehouse is book 4 in the Jeeves series. No matter the source of Bertie Wooster’s vexation—be it Bobbie Wickham’s indiscretion in parting with Aunt Agatha’s formidable canine, falling afoul of the disapproval of Sir Roderick Glossop, or endeavoring to thwart his friend Tuppy’s ill-fated affection for a robust opera songstress—one constant remains: Jeeves, the dependable maestro of resolution, can invariably be counted upon to unravel the most convoluted of predicaments, even those of Bertie’s own making.

Thank You, Jeeves is book 4 in P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves series. Bertram Wooster’s ceaseless and seemingly unending banjolele strumming has pushed Jeeves, his typically unflappable and dutiful personal gentleman, to the point of tendering his resignation. The dandyish aristocrat, heavily reliant on both Jeeves’ mastery of Shakespearean quotes and his adeptness at untangling predicaments, finds himself on the precipice of a rather dire situation. Yet, after narrowly evading an undesirable marriage proposal, surviving a cottage inferno, and navigating a significant butter theft, the celebrated and distinctive literary pairing finds themselves willingly resuming their familiar roles. The peculiar but harmonious dynamic between them is rekindled, and they return to the comforting familiarity of their previous ways.

Jeeves Reviews: My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories stands as a robust representation of its genre, serving as an excellent introduction to a timeless character. It offers a selection of tales that are perfect for easy and enjoyable reading in any setting. I highly recommend this compilation for its versatility and the delightful insights it provides into the classic character’s world. -E.

What praise remains unspoken for the stories in My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse? They are, without a doubt, splendid! Enchanting! Full of charm! As pleasant as a well-timed after-dinner brandy! Yet, it’s often suggested that for their full impact, these stories are best experienced through spoken word. But really, who has the luxury of time for that? Well, I’ll tell you who – Martin Jarvis! He’s the audiobook narrator par excellence, gracing my sound system like no other. When it comes to breathing life into Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Mr. Jarvis reigns supreme. His diverse range of voices is sublime, his delivery impeccable, and his passion for the material is palpable.

You might ponder how I can make the audacious claim that his readings even outshine the famed performances of Fry and Laurie. The answer is plain: the televised rendition, while fantastic, cannot capture every syllable, each finely-crafted alliteration penned by Wodehouse. The audio version can!

Within this compilation are two tales from Carry On, Jeeves, completing that collection, along with three additional gems. Though, if any complaint could be mustered – if it can indeed be called that – it’s that the three other tales don’t involve the indomitable Jeeves and Wooster. But who really minds? They’re marvelous regardless.

This book is an absolute delight and is truly a worthy addition to your collection, even if you’re already a proud owner of the written works. Although, a word of caution – I wouldn’t recommend listening while driving. The risk of losing control due to fits of laughter is a real concern. Long live Jeeves! Long live Jarvis! Long live Wodehouse! -D.K.

In The Inimitable Jeeves by. P.G. Wodehouse, Wooster finds himself entangled in a series of comical encounters with his friend Bingo, each revolving around a string of romantic escapades. Bingo seems to be in a perpetual state of falling in love, and Wooster, in his classic clueless manner, gets pulled into situations that a more sensible person would avoid. As always, Jeeves, his ever-resourceful butler, comes to the rescue in the end. The brilliance lies in Jeeves’ cunning solutions, which are often quite crafty, adding an extra layer of humor to the tales.

Amid the laughs, one of the standout moments is the betting on school games, which proves to be uproariously funny. Yet, this is just one of the many gems in a book rich with both wit and wisdom. From start to finish, the narrative is filled with brilliantly humorous episodes that highlight Wooster’s mishaps, Bingo’s romantic follies, and, of course, the ingenious ways in which Jeeves masterfully navigates the chaos. -Rog

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