P.G. Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves was published in England in May of 1923, and in the United States four months later in September where it was first published with the one word title, Jeeves. In the US, Prohibition had been the law for four years at the time of Jeeves’ publication, and would remain so for another nine years. The market crash and the Great Depression were six years in the future, and the Jazz Age had just begun to flourish. Gershwin, Bessie Smith, and Creole music were all the rage. Meanwhile in England, the end of the first World War was still being celebrated. George V was sitting in Buckingham Palace. Women’s suffrage had given British women the vote in 1918, and the war had put them in the workplace, so a new sense of female empowerment had breached society as well. The motorcar was now affordable and plentiful. It was into this reality that Wodehouse released Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, and it was in this world they would remain well into the 1970s.
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