Jeeves in the Offing
First UK edition
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster (US)
Herbert Jenkins (UK)
|4 April 1960|
Jeeves in the Offing is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United States on 4 April 1960 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, under the title How Right You Are, Jeeves, and in the United Kingdom on 12 August 1960 by Herbert Jenkins, London.
The plot is as follows: With Jeeves on vacation, Bertie is a guest at his Aunt Dahlia's spacious residence, Brinkley Court. Also in residence are American family, the Creams, who must be handled with kid gloves to prevent their canceling a big business deal with Bertie’s uncle; the Rev. Aubrey Upjohn, Bertie’s former headmaster, who still chills Bertie’s soul; Upjohn’s insipid daughter, Phyllis, who is infatuated with the playboy kleptomaniac wastrel American, Willie Cream, and must be put off; Bertie's old pal Roberta Wickham, engaged to be married to Bertie’s old pal Reginald Herring, who has written a caustic, libelous review of Upjohn’s memoirs and thus whose future depends on assuaging Upjohn’s wrathful soul; and familiar face Roderick Glossop, eminent psychologist to the wealthy, is there in the disguise of a butler to surreptitiously assess Willie Cream's psyche.
The eighth Jeeves novel, Jeeves in the Offing chronicles another visit by Bertie Wooster to his Aunt Dahlia at Brinkley Court, and marks the beginning of a friendship between Bertie and Sir Roderick Glossop, who in previous novels shared a great dislike for one another. It's the only novel to feature Aubrey Upjohn, former headmaster of Malvern House Preparatory School, as a major character.
- McIlvaine, E., Sherby, L.S. and Heineman, J.H. (1990) P.G. Wodehouse: A comprehensive bibliography and checklist. New York: James H. Heineman, pp. 94-95. ISBN 087008125X
- The Russian Wodehouse Society's page, with a list of characters
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