The Man With Two Left Feet

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The Wodehouse series continues-a sparkling story collection from the master of hijinks and social comedy

These early stories, first published together in 1917, show Wodehouse perfecting his craft. Characters include a talking dog, a private eye who wants to be an actor, a bank clerk who cannot dance, an ugly policeman, a baseball-mad businessman, and a black cat. The star attraction of the volume for most reders will probably be 'Excruciating Young Gussie,' the first story to ...

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Overview

The Wodehouse series continues-a sparkling story collection from the master of hijinks and social comedy

These early stories, first published together in 1917, show Wodehouse perfecting his craft. Characters include a talking dog, a private eye who wants to be an actor, a bank clerk who cannot dance, an ugly policeman, a baseball-mad businessman, and a black cat. The star attraction of the volume for most reders will probably be 'Excruciating Young Gussie,' the first story to feature Jeeves, though in a minor role. His employer, Bertie (furnished with an Aunt Agatha but no surname) has not yet, like Wodehouse himself, 'appreciated the man's qualities.' All the stories, however, bear the unmistakable imprint of the author's comic genius.

With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to the legions of Wodehouse fans' libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202418
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 805,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I, when he married an American. He wrote more than ninety books, and his works, translated into many languages, won him worldwide acclaim.

Biography

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born in 1881 in Guildford, the son of a civil servant, and educated at Dulwich College. He spent a brief period working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank before abandoning finance for writing, earning a living by journalism and selling stories to magazines.

An enormously popular and prolific writer, he produced about 100 books. In Jeeves, the ever resourceful "gentleman's personal gentleman", and the good-hearted young blunderer Bertie Wooster, he created two of the best known and best loved characters in twentieth century literature. Their exploits, first collected in Carry On, Jeeves, were chronicled in fourteen books, and have been repeatedly adapted for television, radio and the stage. Wodehouse also created many other comic figures, notably Lord Emsworth, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, Psmith and the numerous members of the Drones Club. He was part-author and writer of fifteen straight plays and 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies. The Times hailed him as a "comic genius recognized in his lifetime as a classic and an old master of farce."

P. G. Wodehouse said, "I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn ...."

Wodehouse married in 1914 and took American citizenship in 1955. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honours List. In a BBC interview he said that he had no ambitions left now that he had been knighted and there was a waxwork of him in Madame Tussaud's. He died on St. Valentine's Day, 1975, at the age of ninety-three.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (full name); P. Brooke-Haven, Pelham Grenville, J. Plum, C. P. West, J. Walker Williams, and Basil Windham
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1881
    2. Place of Birth:
      Guildford, Surrey, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 14, 1975
    2. Place of Death:
      Southampton, New York

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Early, primitive Wodehouse Short Stories

    If you stumbled on this and don't know the author (PG Wodehouse), please ignore this book and instead instantly order UNCLE FRED IN THE SPRINGTIME. If you like that, and you're apt to, you'll be happy for years because he lived long and wrote vastly.

    This book shows Wodehouse evolving, sort of pre-Wodehouse Wodehouse. It's a collection of short stories that was first published in book form in 1917. That's very early for him. This is more for the Wodehouse collector or long time fan.

    The impression given is that he, a young, not well known writer, was writing some of these for specific magazines. You know, where one tries to figure out what the fiction editor wants and then write something that might get you in the door?

    So there are the two stories written from the point of view of a dog. There's a story that starts off with a cat narrating (you don't know it's a cat straight off. It develops.) Ahem, NOT typical Wodehouse.

    And there's the story "AT GEISENHEIMER'S" that sounds as if it could have been written by Dorothy Parker. It's a sentimental story from the point of view of a taxi dancer in New York.

    The book was far from painful to read and the ratings have been perhaps unfairly downgraded because they are relative ratings - compared to his later work. They are generally very well plotted out and decently written. But they are most interesting in terms of seeing someone's earlier stuff after you'd seen the hot stuff they did later on. More interesting in context.

    This book, as all those in The Overlook Press series, is very nicely done. Hardback ("cloth") but a perfect size for reading (most hardbacks are too big - this is slightly smaller than a trade paperback). It printed in a decent-sized, mildly serif font. (If this review/note was likely to be read by more than three people, I'd research font.)

    For the real Wodehouse folks out there, you may appreciate the irony here. This book was not printed in Britain or the U.S. The book was printed in Germany.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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