This is a good example of early Wodehouse. It is here that Jeeves makes his first appearance with these unremarkable words: "Mrs. Gregson to see you, sir." Years later, when Jeeves became a household name, Wodehouse said he blushed to think of the offhand way he had treated the man at their first encounter. In the story "Extricating Young Gussie," we find Bertie Wooster's redoubtable Aunt Agatha "who had an eye like a man-eating fish and had got amoral suasion down to a fine point." The other stories are also fine vintage Wodehouse: the romance between a lovely girl and a would-be playwright, the rivalry between the ugly policeman and Alf the Romeo milkman, the plight of Henry in the title piece, The Man With Two Left Feet, who fell in love with a dance hostess, and more. Included in this collection are: 1. "Bill the Bloodhound" 2. "Extricating Young Gussie" 3. "Wilton's Holiday"4. "The Mixer I: He Meets a Shy Gentleman" 5. "The Mixer II: He Moves in Society" 6. "Crowned Heads" 7. "At Geinsenheimer's" 8. "The Making of Mac's" 9. "One Touch of Nature" 10. "Black for Luck" 11. "The Romance of an Ugly Policeman" 12. "A Sea of Troubles" 13. "The Man with Two Left Feet"
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre- and post-World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.From AudioFile:
When this collection of novelettes was published in 1917, Wodehouse had already been in print for 15 years-yet he was still at the dawn of his prolific career. Elements that would catch fire in later works first appear here, most notably Jeeves the Butler and Bertie Wooster's formidable Aunt Agatha, "who had an eye like a man-eating fish." Frederick Davidson has read some of Wodehouse's longer works, but he's better here, mostly because the female characters are limited. He has an almost cynical British voice, yet his own good humor comes through as he nearly drawls the finer points of the comic narrative. D.W. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Buchbeschreibung Penguin Books, 1978. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Gut. Auflage: Reprint. 224 Seiten engl. sprachig, Einband leicht berieben, etwas nachgedunkelt, leicht schmutzspurig Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 113. Artikel-Nr. 199920