Tales of St. Austin's

Tales of St. Austin's

"Tales of St. Austin's" is a collection of short stories and essays by P. G. Wodehouse, first published on 10 November 1903 by Adam & Charles Black, London, most of the stories having been previously appeared in the schoolboy's magazines, "The Captain" and "Public School Magazine".

The stories are set in the fictional public school of St. Austin's, which was also the setting for "The Pothunters" (1902); they revolve around cricket, rugby, petty gambling and other boyish escapades.

Contents

* "How Pillingshot Scored"
** "The Captain", May 1903
* "The Odd Trick"
** "The Captain", August 1902
* "L'Affaire Uncle John (A Story in Letters)"
** "Public School Magazine", August 1902
* "Harrison's Slight Error"
** "The Captain", January 1903
* "Bradshaw's Little Story"
** "The Captain", July 1902
* "A Shocking Affair"
** "(previously unpublished, would later appear in "Puffin Post", Q2, 1973)"
* "The Babe and the Dragon"
** "The Captain", February 1902
* "The Manoeuvres of Charteris"
** "The Captain", August & September 1903
* "How Payne Bucked Up"
** "The Captain", October 1902
* "Author!"
** "Public School Magazine", August 1902
* "The Tabby Terror"
** "Public School Magazine", February 1902
* "The Prize Poem"
** "Public School Magazine", July 1901
* "Work"
* "Notes"
* "Now, Talking About Cricket--"
* "The Tom Brown Question"
** "(Four essays on school-related topics)"

Several of the stories would eventually see publication in the U.S. in the collections "The Swoop! and Other Stories" (1979) and "The Eighteen-Carat Kid and Other Stories" (1980); more, along with many school stories never published in book form in Wodehouse's lifetime, would be collected in the 1997 book, "Tales of Wrykyn and Elsewhere".

References

* Cite web
author = Midkiff, Neil
title = The Wodehouse short stories
work = "Neil Midkiff's P. G. Wodehouse pages"
url = http://home.earthlink.net/~nmidkiff/pgw/story.html
accessdate = 2006-04-24

External links

* [http://wodehouse.ru/03.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with photos of book covers and list of characters.
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/p-g-wodehouse/tales-of-st-austins.htm Fantastic Fiction's page] , with details of published editions, photos of book covers and links to used copies
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