Friday, January 02, 2009

CARRY ON JEEVES and the Famous Hangover Cure

Time magazine notes that P.G. Wodehouse assigned a hangover cure to his most famous fictional creation, Jeeves, the estimable butler famous for his bracer of Worcestershire sauce, raw egg, and pepper. "Gentlemen have told me they find it extremely invigorating after a late evening," he explained to a red-eyed Bertie Wooster in the 1916 short story, Jeeves Takes Charge, which appears in the Carry On Jeeves volume of the Collector's Wodehouse. And the foodie website, Serious Eats, also comments on the cure: "Jeeves confronts Bertie's wretching hangover with his magic potion: raw egg, Worcestshire sauce, and red pepper. As Jeeves puts it: It is the Worcester sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they have found it extremely invigorating after a late evening."

1 comment:

garv said...

I'm a big fan of the Overlook Wodehouse. I hope you continue to publish the books until you have put out the complete works.

I only have one small complaint. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to the order in which the books have been released. P.G. Wodehouse often carried characters over from one book to the next and referred to earlier published stories in later books. Often Overlook has released series titles out of order, which is not the best way to read them. I've held off reading any additional Jeeves titles until STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES is produced by Overlook. Does Overlook plan to eventually publish the title? It is available in the UK Everyman series, but that title has not yet been made available in your U.S. series.