Jill the Reckless

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Jill the Reckless
First UK edition
Author P. G. Wodehouse
Cover artist Edmund Blampied (UK)
Country United States
Language English
Genre Comic novel
Publisher George H. Doran (US
Herbert Jenkins (UK)
Publication date
1920(US), 1921 (UK)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) & (Serial)
Pages ? pp

Jill The Reckless is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United States on October 8, 1920[1] by George H. Doran, New York, (under the title The Little Warrior), and in the United Kingdom by Herbert Jenkins, London, on 4 July 1921. It was serialised in Collier's (US) between 10 April and 28 August 1920, in Maclean's (Canada) between 1 August and 15 November 1920, in both cases as The Little Warrior, and, as Jill the Reckless, in the Grand Magazine (UK), from September 1920 to June 1921.

The heroine here, Jill Mariner, is a young woman from the lower end of the upper class. We follow her through financial disaster, a broken engagement, an awkward stay with some grasping relatives, employment as a chorus girl, and of course, the finding of true love.

Other characters include wealthy clubman Freddie Rooke and dramatist Wally Mason, her childhood friends; her financially inept uncle Major Christopher Selby; her fiancé at the beginning of the book, the M.P Derek Underhill, and his domineering mother, Lady Underhill; Jill's unpleasant Long Island, N.Y. relatives, Elmer, Julia and Tibby Mariner; Drones Club member Algy Martyn, various chorus girls, composers and other theatrical types, and, of course, miscellaneous servants.

George Bevan, composer hero of Wodehouse's previous work A Damsel in Distress, receives a passing mention, as does an unspecified member of the Threepwood family.

The dust jacket of the UK first edition published by Herbert Jenkins was designed by Edmund Blampied.


  1. ^ McIlvaine, E., Sherby, L.S. and Heineman, J.H. (1990) P.G. Wodehouse: A comprehensive bibliography and checklist. New York: James H. Heineman, pp. 36-37. ISBN 087008125X

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