The Coming of Bill
First edition (UK)
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Publisher||US: Boni & Liveright
UK: Herbert Jenkins Ltd
|US: 5 August 1919
UK: 1 July 1920
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. 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 of Their Mutual Child was made in 1920.
- 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
- The Russian Wodehouse Society's page, with numerous book covers and a list of characters
- Free eBook of The Coming of Bill at Project Gutenberg
- The Coming of Bill public domain audiobook at LibriVox
- The 1920 movie at the IMDB
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