The Man with Two Left Feet

The Man with Two Left Feet

"The Man With Two Left Feet, and Other Stories" is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on March 8 1917 by Methuen & Co., London, and in the United States in 1933 by A.L. Burt and Co., New York. Most of the stories had previously appeared in periodicals, generally the "Strand" in the UK and the "Saturday Evening Post" in the U.S.

It is a fairly miscellaneous collection - most of the stories concern relationships, sports and household pets, and do not feature any of Wodehouse's regular characters; one however, "Extricating Young Gussie", is remarkable as the first appearance of some of Wodehouse's most well-known and beloved characters, Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster (although here Bertie's surname appears to be Mannering-Phipps, and Jeeves' role is very small), along with Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha.

Contents

* "Bill the Bloodhound"
** US: "Century", February 1915
** UK: "Strand", April 1915
* "Extricating Young Gussie"
** US: "Saturday Evening Post", September 18 1915
** UK: "Strand", January 1916
* "Wilton's Holiday"
** UK: "Strand", July 1915
** US: "Illustrated Sunday Magazine", March 19 1916 (as "Wilton's Vacation")
* ""
** UK: "Strand", November 1915
** US: "Redbook", June 1916
* ""
** UK: "Strand", December 1915
** US: "Redbook", July 1916
* "Crowned Heads"
** US: "Argosy", June 1914
** UK: "Pearson's, April 1915
* "At Geisenheimer's"
** US: "Saturday Evening Post", August 21 1915
** UK: "Strand", October 1915 (as "The Love-r-ly Silver Cup")
* "The Making of Mac's"
** UK: "Strand", May 1915
** US: "Redbook", May 1916 (as "The Romance of 'Mac's")
* "One Touch of Nature"
** US: "McClure's", August 1914 (as "Brother Fans")
* "Black for Luck"
** UK: "Strand", June 1915
** US: "Redbook", July 1915 (as "A Black Cat For Luck")
* "The Romance of an Ugly Policeman"
** UK: "Strand", January 1915
* * US: "Ainslee's", September 1926
* "A Sea of Troubles"
** US: "McClure's", September 1914
** UK: "Pearson's", June 1915
* "The Man With Two Left Feet"
** US: "Saturday Evening Post", March 18 1916
** UK: "Strand", May 1916

In the U.S. version of the book, "Wilton's Holiday", "Crowned Heads" and the two-part "The Mixer" were omitted, and replaced with three other stories, "Absent Treatment", "Rallying Round Old George" and "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", which all feature Reggie Pepper and had all appeared in the UK in "My Man Jeeves" (1919).

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=April 27
accessyear=2006

See also

* Categorised list of Wodehouse's short stories

External links

* [http://wodehouse.ru/22.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with numerous book covers and a list of characters
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/p-g-wodehouse/man-with-two-left-feet.htm Fantastic Fiction's page] , with details of published editions, photos of book covers and links to used copies
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7471 Free eBook of "The Man With Two Left Feet"] at Project Gutenberg


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