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Tentative Timeline for the Jeeves Stories

Note: This is almost impossible to get exactly accurate and should be viewed as hypothetical. Wodehouse himself seemed to pay little attention to chronology and consistency of cultural references, so the best I can do is guess. The novels in particular are difficult to arrange, since they are supposed to take place in such a short time period, yet seem to require more time if they are to occur as described.

According to this hypothetical timeline, Bertie Wooster was born around 1901. If so, he would have been seventeen when World War I ended and so could not have participated. If we suppose Jeeves to be ten to twenty years older, he would have been born around 1881-1891, making him between twenty-three and thirty-three when WWI began and ensuring that he would definitely have “dabbled in it to a certain extent,” as he tells Lord Rowcester in Ring for Jeeves.

  • “Jeeves Takes Charge” – Summer 1925 (Bertie is twenty-four, and the narration is taking place six years in the future, presumably 1931.)
  • “Extricating Young Gussie” – September 1925 (This story isn’t usually included in the series, but its events are referred to in later stories and so it’s clearly part of the timeline.)
  • “The Artistic Career of Corky”- Autumn 1925-sometime in 1926 (Necessarily takes place over a long period of time, possibly the entire New York trip.)
  • “Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg” – Autumn 1925 (A few months into the NY stay.)
  • “Jeeves and the Chump Cyril” – 1925 or 1926
  •  “Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest” – Autumn 1926 (Set during Coolidge’s presidency (1923-1929), about a year into the stay in NY, “about the time of the year when New York is at its best.”)
  • “The Aunt and the Sluggard” – Spring 1927
  • “Jeeves in the Springtime” – April/May 1927
  • “Scoring off Jeeves” – Summer 1927
  • “Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch” – Summer 1927
  • “Aunt Agatha Takes the Count” – Summer 1927
  •  “Comrade Bingo” – Late July or early August 1927 (Around the time of the Goodwood Cup.)
  • “The Great Sermon Handicap” – August 1927
  • “The Purity of the Turf” – August or September 1927 (Three weeks into the stay at Twing.)
  • “Bertie Changes His Mind” –
  • “The Metropolitan Touch” – November-December 1927 (A Friday, December 23 is mentioned, making the only possible years in the right range 1921, 1927, or 1932. In light of information in later stories, 1927 seemed the most plausible option.)
  • “The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace” – Probably early in 1928 (Set during the time of an unspecified Oxford term. Bertie’s age is given as around twenty-five or –six.)
  • “Bingo and the Little Woman” – Between October 1927 and February 1928 (Invitation received to go shooting in Norfolk indicates that it’s sometime during the hunting season.)
  • “Without the Option” – March or April 1928 (Boat Race Night is usually the last weekend in March or the first weekend in April.)
  •  “Clustering Round Young Bingo” – Sometime in 1928
  • “Jeeves and the Impending Doom” – Spring[?] 1928
  • “The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy” – Spring[?] 1928 (Takes place sometime before June 1.)
  • [“The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy” – The mention of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley would set it around April-October 1924 or 1925. However, this does not fit the timeline as I’ve guessed at it, because it’s clearly set after Bertie’s brief engagement to Honoria Glossop. Adjusting the timeline to fit around this date would cause other problems, so I’ll call this an anomaly.]
  • “Fixing It for Freddie” – Summer[?] 1928
  •  “Jeeves and the Yule-tide Spirit” – December 1928
  • “Jeeves and the Song of Songs” – Sometime in 1929
  • “Episode of the Dog McIntosh” – Spring[?] 1929
  • “The Spot of Art” – Summer[?] 1929
  • “Jeeves and the Kid Clementina” – Summer[?] 1929
  • “The Love that Purifies” – August 1929
  • “Jeeves and the Old School Chum” – Autumn 1929
  • “Indian Summer of an Uncle” – Sometime in 1929
  • “The Ordeal of Young Tuppy” – November 1929
  • “Jeeves Makes an Omelette” – Winter 1929 or 1930
  • Thank You, Jeeves – July 1930
  • Right Ho, Jeeves – July 29-31, 1931 (Cannot take place the same year as Thank You, Jeeves, because TYJ begins around July 15 after a three-month trip to America, while RHJ opens around July 25 after a trip to Cannes that started at the beginning of June.)
  • The Code of the Woosters – Autumn 1931
  • “Jeeves and the Greasy Bird” – December 1931 (It’s said to be more than a year after Sir Roderick’s engagement in Thank You, Jeeves, and Bertie’s awareness of the Junior Ganymede Club suggests that it’s after The Code of the Woosters.)
  • The Mating Season – April 1932 (The events of Right Ho, Jeeves occurred the previous summer, while the mention of Boat Race Night and Bertie’s cousin Thomas returning to school—presumably for the summer term—suggest an early April date.)
  • Joy in the Morning – Summer 1932
  • Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit – July 1932 (Aunt Dahlia is said to have been running Milady’s Boudoir, first mentioned in “Clustering Round Young Bingo,” for three years.)
  • How Right You Are, Jeeves – Summer 1933 (Jeeves goes on holiday, not the same one mentioned in Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit. Bertie’s moustache from the previous book is mentioned as having occurred a year ago. Aunt Dahlia is said to have run her journal for four years. The one thing I can’t account for is the claim that the events of Right Ho, Jeeves occurred the previous summer, so for purposes of expediency I will consider it an error.)
  • Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves – Fall[?] 1933
  • Jeeves and the Tie That Binds – Fall[?] 1933 (Tuppy and Angela have been engaged for two years.)
  • Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen – Spring or summer 1934
  • Ring for Jeeves – June, sometime between 1946-1953 (Set explicitly post-World War II, with an emphasis on societal changes in the UK. Television is mentioned.)

anonymous asked:

Hi! I've never actually read PG Wodehouse. Where should I start?

Well! In my opinion you surely have to start with a Jeeves book, it’s just a matter of which one. I’d say either “Very Good, Jeeves” (which has three of my favourite Wodehouse short stories in it) or “The Inimitable Jeeves,” are good ones to start with. Probably Very Good Jeeves.