Ukridge (short stories)


Ukridge (short stories)

"Ukridge" is a collection of short stories by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the U.K. on June 3 1924 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the U.S. on March 19 1926 by George H. Doran, New York, under the title "He Rather Enjoyed It".

The stories had previously appeared in "Cosmopolitan" in the U.S. and in the "Strand" in the U.K

The book contains ten short stories relating the adventures of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, narrated by Ukridge's long-suffering friend, the writer "Corky" Corcoran.

Contents

* "Ukridge's Dog College"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", April 1923
** UK: "Strand", May 1923
* "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", May 1923
** UK: "Strand", June 1923
* "The Debut of Battling Billson"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", June 1923
** UK: "Strand", July 1923
* "First Aid for Dora"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", July 1923
** UK: "Strand", August 1923
* "The Return of Battling Billson"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", August 1923
** UK: "Strand", September 1923
* "Ukridge Sees Her Through"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", September 1923
** UK: "Strand", October 1923
* "No Wedding Bells for Him"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", October 1923
** UK: "Strand", November 1923
* "The Long Arm of Looney Coote"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", November 1923
** UK: "Strand", December 1923
* "The Exit of Battling Billson"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", December 1923
** UK: "Strand", January 1924
* "Ukridge Rounds a Nasty Corner"
** US: "Cosmopolitan", January 1924
** UK: "Strand", February 1924

Ukridge had previously appeared in "Love Among the Chickens" (1906), Wodehouse's first novel to be published in the U.S., and would return in some other shorts. The timeline of his adventures is rather hard to follow - the tales collected here begin with him meeting up with Corky after a long separation, and follow fairly neatly on from each other, via being disowned by his Aunt Julia to meeting Millie, to whom he is married by the time of "Love Among the Chickens". In the later shorts, however, he seems to be still single and living on and off with his aunt.

References

* cite web
author=Midkiff, Neil
title=The Wodehouse short stories
work="Neil Midkiff's P. G. Wodehouse pages"
url=http://home.earthlink.net/~nmidkiff/pgw/story.html
accessdate=April 24
accessyear=2006

See also

* List of Wodehouse's Ukridge stories

External links

* [http://wodehouse.ru/33.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with photos of book covers and a list of characters
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/p-g-wodehouse/ukridge.htm Fantastic Fiction's page] , with details of published editions, photos of book covers and links to used copies


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