The Coming of Bill

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The Coming of Bill
First edition (UK)
AuthorP. G. Wodehouse
PublisherUS: Boni & Liveright
UK: Herbert Jenkins Ltd
Publication date
US: 5 August 1919
UK: 1 July 1920

The Coming of Bill is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse.

It was first published as Their Mutual Child in the United States on 5 August 1919 by Boni & Liveright, New York, and as The Coming of Bill in the United Kingdom on 1 July 1920 by Herbert Jenkins Ltd, London.[1] The story first appeared in Munsey's Magazine in May 1914 under the title The White Hope.

The novel tells the story of Kirk Winfield, his wife Ruth, and their young son, Bill. Bill's upbringing is interfered with by Ruth's busybody aunt, Mrs. Lora Delane Porter, who is an author of books intended to uplift the public mind.

Unlike most of Wodehouse's novels, it is not a comic novel.

A silent film version Their Mutual Child was released in 1920.


  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. 34-35. ISBN 087008125X

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