Mike and Psmith is an early P.G. Wodehouse novel about Mike Jackson's tenure at Sedleigh and his befriending of one Rupert Eustace Psmith. It was here that Wodehouse saw the potential he had in Psmith, who would later go on to overshadow Mike Jackson time and time again in Psmith, Journalist, Psmith in the City, and Leave It to Psmith.
I was writing a serial for a boy's magazine called The Captain at the time, and to remove the character I had planned and put Psmith in his stead was, as the fellow said, with me the work of a moment. At a dozen public schools throughout the country, boys started wearing monocles and calling one another 'Comrade', and The Captain doubled my price, always a pleasant thing to happen in those days of tight money." P. G. Wodehouse Wodehouse's Mike and Psmith (1909) reads sort of like a first draft of the Jeeves & Wooster novels that would spring from the author's mind a decade later.
There is a ton of cricket in this book. But sports, practical jokes, sticking up for friends, and wit are universal enough that I loved this book. Psmith reminded me of a witty, intelligent Wooster, and Mike reminded me of a stoic, well-meaning-but-not-as-observant Jeeves. What I mean to say: put Psmith and Mike together, or Jeeves and Wooster, and you've got a great story as they bungle along through the world.
I believe it is the longest of Wodehouses school novels, and it was republished in 1953 in two slightly revised parts titled Mike at Wrykyn and Mike and Psmith. Mike Jackson is the main character in part one, and covers Mikes life at Wrykyn, a public school as have all his brothers before him. The character of Mike Jackson appears in the same four books, but he is not as nearly as unique a character. I would recommend this book to those who love Wodehouse, but if you are looking for a good place to experience him for the first time, Mike is not the best choice.
Mike is feeling particularly out of sorts because he had been expecting to make cricket captain next year at his old school, but a first day meeting with Psmith, setting up their lifelong friendship and serial adventures, makes him feel less alone. I'm told that this book had less cricket than its predecessor, Mike. That's really good that I started with this one, because I have very little idea how cricket is played and had to draw equivalents in my head with baseball.
My wife bought me lovely hardcover editions of Wodehouse's four Psmith books for Christmas.
Essentially, Mike and Psmith is about old chums, old school ties, and cricket. Both are at Sedleigh, a second-rank school, instead of Wrykyn and Eton respectively, from which the two have been "sent down." At first, the two stand apart from the pull of the new school, but get drawn into tussles with Downing, the headmaster of another house, and Adair, Sedleigh's cricket captain.
And i can say its a "Jolly" good opening and i want to proceed further Enjoyed reading this book!! I recommend this book to those who wants to read a jolly humorous book with no tension of what might happen next and etc.
He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton.