I’ve never been terribly impressed by any of the authorized sequels to Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen or Raymond Chandler, probably because of that burden of being “authorized.” That’s not to say I haven’t read many excellent pastiches and continuations. It’s just that when it says authorized or approved by the estate that one’s hopes are raised to an extravagant degree.
So it’ll be interesting to see if Sebastian Faulks’ Jeeves and the Wedding Bells can successfully reunite Jeeves and Wooster. I like the line from the Guardian article, where Robert McCrum (author of the 2004 P.G. Wodehouse: A Life) described Faulks’ challenge: “For a P.G. Wodehouse fan to write a new Jeeves novel is a bit like asking a devout Christian to come up with a fifth gospel.”