Laughing Gas

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

Year: 1936

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins Ltd

Place: London


311+[blank]+[viii ad] pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5") bound in original publisher's orange cloth lettered in black at spine and upper board, publisher's device lower spine with black border in original pictorial jacket. (McIlvaine A56a) First edition in first state jacket with 7'6 to spine.

Laughing Gas was serialized in This Week magazine (US) in six issues between 24 March and 28 April 1935, illustrated by Wallace Morgan.Laughing Gas is a comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 25 September 1936 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States on 19 November 1936 by Doubleday, Doran, New York. Written in first person narrative, the story is set in Hollywood in the early 1930s. a light-hearted and exclusively humorous look at the film industry and in particular at child stars. Both Schulberg and Wodehouse describe the methods of all those would-be screenwriters and actors hunting for jobs, but Wodehouse's depiction is not at all serious or critical. Joey Cooley is a golden-curled child film star, the idol of American motherhood. Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot, is a boxing blue on a mission to save his wayward cousin from the fleshpots of Hollywood. Both are under anesthetic at the dentists when something strange happens - and their identities are swapped in the ether.


spine lightly toned, spine slightly cocked; occasional foxing to gutters around the sewing, one short closed tear to bottom edge of page 33/34. Jacket moderately toned, wear and chipping to extremities, small loss to top of spine panel, top of front panel affecting the "E" in "Wodehouse" and bottom edge of front panel, old cellotape repair to verso else a better than very good copy in original good to very good unrestored jacket.

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