First he resurrected Ian Fleming's James Bond. Now, British author Sebastian Faulks, known for sensitive historical novels like last year's A Possible Life, is taking on another U.K. literary institution: P.G. Wodehouse's iconic butler, Jeeves.
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells will be published by St. Martin's on November 5. Faulks was personally chosen by the Wodehouse estate to carry on the Jeeves and Wooster series. "I hope my story will ring bells with aficionados, but also bring new readers to these wonderful books," he has said.
One of the best-known comic series in English literature, the Jeeves and Wooster novels were launched in 1915 with the short story "Extricating Young Gussie." Wodehouse soon found that the reading public had an insatiable appetite for the adventures of upper-class, would-be playboy Bertie Wooster and his resourceful butler, Jeeves. He continued the series—which was twice adapted for television—for nearly 60 years.
In Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, Bertie, as usual, is in something of a scrape. Dejected after the girl he fancies gets engaged to someone else, Bertie agrees to help a friend with his own romantic problems. But of course, things don't go as planned, and Jeeves somehow ends up playing the lord while Bertie becomes the servant.
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