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Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes or Le Mot Juste by Kristin Thompson - 1992

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P. G. Wodehouse's extraordinary career lasted from 1900 to his death in 1975. He wrote nearly a hundred books and innumerable short stories. His most popular works are those starring Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves. They first appeared in a 1915 story and were last seen in Wodehouse's final completed novel in 1975. Invariably Bertie's aunts, pals, and ex-fiancées plunged him into the soup, and Jeeves just as invariably retrieved him. How did Wodehouse stick to a few well-loved formulas and still manage to make his narratives perpetually fresh? Kristin Thompson is in a unique position to pursue this question. Since 1984 she has been the Archivist of the P. G. Wodehouse Estate's archive. She has had unprecedented access to the manuscripts and correspondence of Wodehouse. Using this material, she traces Wodehouse's working methods. His seemingly effortless prose and stories were in fact the products of lengthy planning and revisions. Notes and drafts allow Thompson to reconstruct the stages through which a typical project passed. She also examines how he drew upon conventions of Victorian and Edwardian literature, including the Sherlock Holmes stories, to create humor. She goes on to trace the development of the two protagonists, as Bertie goes from a drunken dimwit to a far more complex character and Jeeves develops from a clever servant to a nearly omniscient figure. Finally, she analyses at length the series' narrative technique and style. Should the work of a comic author be analyzed? Undoubtedly. Looking more closely at Wodehouse's work reveals new levels of humor. Wodehouse once remarked, "I like writing the Jeeves stories best," and it shows. REVIEWS: "Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes, by Kristin Thompson, is a Christmas wish come true for the P. G. Wodehouse fanatic: a critical appreciation that treats Wodehouse as a serious literary craftsman—yet never gets stuffy." -- Newsweek "Ms. Thompson—who surely rejoices in her position of Wodehouse archivist—brings a wealth of learning and humanity to her study of the Jeeves and Wooster stories and novels …. Thompson's grasp is astonishing; she has truly got inside the books and the characters and deals with Bertie and Jeeves and their world and their relationship as if they were on her own level of reality. Than which, in a critical study, no one could ask for more. Thompson's scholarship is far from jejune, and her well-researched insights can add immeasurably to the delight a Wodehouse fan takes in his writings. … She gives, I think, even the most astute reader some new standpoint from which to view characters whom generations of readers have adopted as alter egos and models of deportment and touchstones of civility. Better than that, however, she makes us see again what many of us have simply and happily felt and admired, and been selfishly thankful for: the astonishing intelligence and superlative craftsmanship of P. G. Wodehouse. Through Thompson's disciplined study we marvel anew at the artistry that created and elaborated, in such polished but lively language and imagery, the world of the Drones club and Brinkley Manor and all the gilded geography inhabited and inspirited by the incomparable pair, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster and Reginald Jeeves, his man. -- Ann Whipple, Plum Lines -- (the quarterly journal of the Wodehouse Society) "This is a truly remarkable work. It combines meticulous scholarly analysis of the writings of P. G. Wodehouse with engrossing page-to-page readability. Much of this is achieved, of course, by plentiful quotations from the Master's books, but a great deal is attributable to Kristin Thompson's own felicitous style. Scholar she certainly is, but never a forbidding one. Her words grace the same pages as those of Wodehouse himself, which I intend as the most sincere of compliments." -- Peter Schwed, Former Editor in Chief at Simon and Schuster, where he was Wodehouse's editor. "Kristin Thompson, in her excellent book Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes; or, Le Mot Juste, accurately describes what Bertie and Jeeves do as 'lingering over the conventions of language.' In addition to discussing Wodehouse's use of quotation with considerable insight, Thompson addresses his brilliant use of cliché." -- Mary Lydon, President, Modern Language Association

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  • ISBN 10 087008139X
  • ISBN 13 9780870081392
  • Publisher James H. Heineman
  • Place of Publication New York
  • Date Published 1992
  • Pages 392
  • Keywords Wodehouse

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