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Jeeves is the ultimate gentleman’s personal gentleman, cool in a crisis and a fountain of knowledge on every subject. As valet to the hapless Bertie Wooster in the novels and short stories of PG Wodehouse, he is called upon to find solutions to everything from hangovers to erroneous engagements. Bertie himself calls Jeeves “a genius” and admits that “I gave up trying to run my own affairs within a week of him coming to me.” The hilarious Jeeves and Wooster canon consists of 11 novels and 35 short stories, which were written over the course of many years, beginning with The Man With Two Left Feet (1917). The world of the stories, however, remains frozen in time, a satirical version of English aristocratic silliness from the mid-1920s. The wit of Wodehouse’s writing has made the stories popular around the world (the books are laugh-out-loud-embarrass-yourself-on-public-transport funny) and Jeeves was chosen as the personable face of an internet search engine, such is his reputation for having an answer to every problem.


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A frequent participant in the quintessentially English tales of P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves has become a symbol to Americans and British alike of what the perfect butler is. From his impassivity to his black hat, Jeeves is the ultimate, self-contained, gentleman's gentleman. Now that he has become a website icon, Jeeves is even more synonymous with all that is genteel and well-mannered in English life. In Wodehouse's novels and on television, Jeeves is able to solve every problem and smooth over every difficulty. Today, his starched perfection stands as an enduring emblem of England and the time-honored tradition of personal valets.

Amy Thomas

The stories of P. G. wodehouse encapsulate much of English life. Enjoy the tall tales of pub life from Mr. Mulliner and his endless stream of relatives and acquaintances. Become trapped by the bore at the golf club as he tells romantic tales where golf brings two young hearts together. Listen to the eloquence of Jeeves whilst explaining to his superior (in terms of the class system), Bertram Wooster, his latest scheme for extricating the youg man about town from his latest ill-matched betrothal.
Jacob Busby

Wouldn't we all like to have a "Jeeves" in our life? He has brilliant solutions to all our problems. He takes care of us and makes us look good. He occasionally takes us to task, but for our own benefit. Good show!
Sue Fahey

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