The Man with Two Left Feet

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1922 edition

The Man With Two Left Feet, and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by British comic writer P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), first published in the UK on 8 March 1917 by Methuen & Co., London, and in the US on 1 February 1933 by A.L. Burt and Co., New York.[1] All the stories had previously appeared in periodicals, usually The Strand Magazine in the UK and The Red Book Magazine or The Saturday Evening Post in the US.

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 notable for the first appearance in print of two of Wodehouse's best-known characters, Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster (although Bertie's surname isn't given and Jeeves's role is very small), and Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha.

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In the US 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).

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  1. ^ McIlvaine, E., Sherby, L.S. and Heineman, J.H. (1990) P.G. Wodehouse: A comprehensive bibliography and checklist. New York: James H. Heineman, pp. 31–32. ISBN 0-87008125-X.

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