C. H. Bovill

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C.H. Bovill (born Charles H. Bovill in 1878[1] ) was a writer, songwriter and lyricist best known for his collaboration with P.G. Wodehouse on the short story collection A Man of Means. He contributed to the original Broadway musicals A Princess of Kensington (1903) (songs), The Little Cherub (1906) (additional lyrics), The Girls of Gottenberg (1908) (lyrics for "I Can't Say That You're the Only One"), Fluffy Ruffles (1908) (songs with lyrics), Peggy (1911) (lyrics), and The Big Show (1916) (additional lyrics).

In London, he was one of the lyricists, along with Wodehouse, for Seymour Hicks's 1907 musical The Gay Gordons; Wodehouse also worked on Bovill's revue Nuts and Wine, which debuted at the Empire Theatre on 4 January 1914. The two had worked earlier together on the London newspaper The Globe.[2] Wodehouse moved into Bovill's flat; it was while working on the revue that Bovill came up with the idea for the A Man of Means stories that were published in The Strand in England and the Delineator in the United States. The collected stories were published in 1916.[3]

Bovill died on 21 March 1918.[4]

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  1. ^ "C. H. Bovill". Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Jasen, David A. (2002). P.G. Wodehouse: a portrait of a master. New York, NY: Music Sales Corporation. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-0825672750. 
  3. ^ Jasen. P.G. Wodehouse: a portrait of a master. p. 51. 
  4. ^ "Who's Who". 

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