Reading Wodehouse: what do you do when you have read all the “Jeeves and Wooster” novels and stories? Never fear. Help is at hand.
I need help.
I need help from Wodehouse experts, or Kenner as we call them here in Austria.
Jeeves and Wooster treasures
For years, I have been relishing my father’s Folio Society collection of Jeeves and Wooster stories. I have so far read 14 of them, as reported in my blogs Aunts aren’t gentlemen – 10 quotations, Jeeves and the feudal spirit: 20 delicious quotations, and Right ho, Jeeves – 14 fruity quotations (links in bold italics are to other posts on this site).
Six volumes of Blandings Castle
I have now reached the final boxed set of my father’s collection, which I find comprises six volumes set at Blandings Castle: Summer Lightning (1929); Heavy Weather (1933); Uncle Fred in the Springtime (1939); Full Moon (1947); Pigs Have Wings (1952); and Service with a Smile (1961).
The cover of my Folio Society edition of “Summer Lightning”
Reading Wodehouse: five questions
My problems are:
(i) the unique nature of the Folio Society website (to put it politely) makes it impossible for me to know whether the books in my collection are the complete P G Wodehouse Folio Society production, or not (NB leaving aside “The Plums of Wodehouse” which, as a compendium, does not really count);
My Folio Society edition of”The Plums of P.G. Wodehouse”
(ii) nor am I clear whether the collection of six Blandings books in my box is the complete set of Blandings novels, or not;
(iii) have I – *voice sinks to panic-stricken sob* – finished the Jeeves and Wooster stories? I fear so, judging from the guidance – again – on Plumtopia;
(iv) when I have completed reading these six Blandings masterpieces (reports to follow) I will have no more Wodehouse to peruse (I hear a sharp intake of breath from Wodehouse lovers everywhere). But I am conscious that there is a wealth of unread excellence still out there, including characters such as Psmith. Where should I start?
(v) finally, I note from a dip into the internet that some characters who feature in Jeeves and Wooster novels, such as noted brain specialist Sir Roderick Glossop, occasionally visit Blandings. Am I right in assuming, however, that Jeeves and Wooster themselves do not know the address?
P.S. You can see all my Wodehouse-related blogs at my “Category Archives: PG Wodehouse“. Wodehouse fanatics – enjoy and share!