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The book appeared in two versions, and the objective evidence doesn't make it clear which was written first. The US version, entitled _Something New_, and now available from Project Gutenberg, was published first. Terry Mordue's excellent annotations, available on the web, make it clear that the final version of the American text is later than the English, since the American version corrects a mistake that slips through in _Something Fresh_ (chapter 8, p. 164).
Æsthetically, however, it seems clear the the American version was a hasty revision of the English. The Americanization of three characters in _Something New_ was clearly an afterthought; the Efficient Baxter mistakes Ashe Marson (chapter 5, p. 102) for a guest, presumably a relation of Lord Emsworth's. Even though the Americanized Marson had attended Oxford, this does not suffice (trust me) to fool an Englishman. The Americanization of George Emerson is also an æsthetic failure; Wodehouse repeatedly refers to him as a superman, which works well for an imperial police commander (in a post held by Wodehouse's uncle and, much later, by his brother (chapter 3, p. 47)); it makes no sense for a generic American lawyer.
The original title, though, must have been "Something New," since that phrase occurs four times in the book, and "something fresh" not at all (Chapter 1, p. 20, attributed to Fr Rob Bovendaard). Recent American editions, however, retain the title _Something New_ but adopt the English text.
There's an interesting woman character, who I think in later years ends up running a publishing empire, whether or not her first name is the same, and married to one of the Drones, who is as improved by the marriage as he can be improved. The plot is mechanically noisy; Wodehouse has not yet mastered that quality he gives to his butlers - gliding silently a few inches above the floor. Still, it's Plum.
You can get hints of some of the political movements of the time, England's version of woman's suffrage. A lot of his themes are eternal. Enjoyable.