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#76- A British Humor Classic: Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves


This week, Scott and Karl read The Inimitable Jeeves, the second collection of Jeeves stories written by P. G. Wodehouse, published in 1923.

First appearing in print in 1915, Jeeves continued to feature in Wodehouse’s work until his last completed novel Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen in 1974, a span of 60 years.

The Inimitable Jeeves follows the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves, through a hilarious parade of linked short stories. You’ll find a certain harmony in their relationship that is hard to replicate. As Scott points out, “It takes two of these guys to make a complete person.”

Tune in for a fascinating discussion of Edwardian English, Aristotelian virtue, and the frivolous, empty, and perfectly delightful world of P. G. Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves. 

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