The Inimitable Jeeves
First edition dust-jacket
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|17 May 1923|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The Inimitable Jeeves is a semi-novel collecting Jeeves stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom by Herbert Jenkins, London, on 17 May 1923 and in the United States by George H. Doran, New York, on 28 September 1923, under the title Jeeves.
The novel combined 11 previously published stories, of which the first six and the last were split in two, to make a book of 18 chapters. It is now often printed in 11 chapters, mirroring the original stories.
All the stories had previously appeared in The Strand Magazine in the UK, between December 1921 and November 1922, except for one, "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril", which had appeared in the Strand in August 1918. That story had appeared in the Saturday Evening Post (US) in June 1918. All the other stories appeared in Cosmopolitan in the US between December 1921 and December 1922.
All of the short stories are connected and most of them involve Bertie's friend Bingo Little, who is always falling in love.
The original story titles and publication dates were as follows (with split chapter titles in parentheses):
- "Jeeves in the Springtime"
- UK: Strand, December 1921
- US: Cosmopolitan, December 1921
- ("Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum" and "No Wedding Bells for Bingo")
- "Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
- UK: Strand, April 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, October 1922 (as "Aunt Agatha Makes a Bloomer")
- ("Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind" and "Pearls Mean Tears")
- "Scoring Off Jeeves"
- UK: Strand, February 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, March 1922 (as "Bertie Gets Even")
- ("The Pride of the Woosters Is Wounded" and "The Hero's Reward")
- "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
- UK: Strand, March 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, April 1922 (as "Jeeves the Blighter")
- ("Introducing Claude and Eustace" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch")
- "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril"
- UK: Strand, August 1918
- US: Saturday Evening Post, 8 June 1918
- ("A Letter of Introduction" and "Startling Dressiness of a Lift Attendant")
- "Comrade Bingo"
- UK: Strand, May 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, May 1922
- ("Comrade Bingo" and "Bingo Has a Bad Goodwood")
- "The Great Sermon Handicap"
- UK: Strand, June 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, June 1922
- "The Purity of the Turf"
- UK: Strand, July 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, July 1922
- "The Metropolitan Touch"
- UK: Strand, September 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, September 1922
- "The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
- UK: Strand, October 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, November 1922
- "Bingo and the Little Woman"
- UK: Strand, November 1922
- US: Cosmopolitan, December 1922
- ("Bingo and the Little Woman" and "All's Well")
Richard "Bingo" Little falls in love with the daughter of a left-wing politician, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham. Trying to get close to her, Bingo joins a group called the Heralds of the Red Dawn, whose aims are to "massacre the bourgeoisie, sack Park Lane and disembowel the hereditary aristocracy". Trying to impress the group, Bingo harasses his uncle, a peer, and Bertie near Speakers' Corner. They do not recognize him because he is disguised by a beard. The next day Bertie meets Bingo and they create a scheme for Bingo to afford a wedding. The story ends with a raucous dinner including Rowbotham, Bingo and Berty, which highlights class conflict.
- McIlvaine, E., Sherby, L.S. and Heineman, J.H. (1990) P.G. Wodehouse: A comprehensive bibliography and checklist. New York: James H. Heineman, pp. 41-42. ISBN 087008125X
- The Russian Wodehouse Society's page, with numerous book covers and lists of characters