The Luck of the Bodkins

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Author: Pelham Grenville "P G" Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Year: 1936

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Place: Boston


298 pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's green cloth with dark green lettering to cover and spine in pictorial jacket. (Firsts January 2003 pg 45) First American edition.

The Luck of the Bodkins first published in the United Kingdom on October 11, 1935 by Herbert Jenkins, and in the United States on January 3, 1936 by Little, Brown and Company. The two editions are significantly different, though the plot remains the same. The novel was serialised in Passing Show magazine (UK) from 21 September to 23 November 1935, and this version was published as the UK edition. For its US magazine appearance, in the Red Book, between August 1935 and January 1936, Wodehouse re-wrote the story, reducing its length, and this became the US book edition.The story concerns the complicated love life of amiable young Drone Monty Bodkin, the nephew of Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, who had previously appeared in Heavy Weather (1933), when he was employed as the latest in the long line of Lord Emsworth's secretaries.The plot of The Luck of the Bodkins continues into Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin (1972), in which Monty, the object of his affections, hockey-playing Gertrude Butterwick, and movie-mogul Ivor Llewellyn all return.


Some light foxing to fore edge pages, points lightly rubbed. Jacket restored by Octavaye Studies else a very good copy in an near fine jacket.

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