Sam in the Suburbs

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Author: Pelham Grenville "P G" Wodehouse (1881-1975) with signed letter laid in

Year: 1925

Publisher: George H Doran Company

Place: New York


346 pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5") bound in original publisher's pea-green cloth stamped in dark green in original illustrated jacket. $2 price on jacket spine. Letter signed by author laid in. (McIlvaine A35b) First American edition.

Letter dated January 30, 1931 from his printed letterhead, 1005 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills to the recipient Miss Wynne-Roberts, offering here his autograph to the recipient.

Sam the Sudden is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 15 October 1925 by Methuen, London, and in the United States on 6 November 1925 by George H. Doran, New York, under the title Sam in the Suburbs. The story had previously been serialized under that title in the Saturday Evening Post from 13 June to 18 July 1925.

The cast includes the recurring character Lord Tilbury, publishing magnate and founder of the Mammoth Publishing Company, who had appeared in Wodehouse's novel of the previous year, Bill the Conqueror, and who would later visit Blandings Castle in Heavy Weather (1933). It also introduced the criminals Alexander "Chimp" Twist, Dora "Dolly" Molloy and Thomas "Soapy" Molloy, who reappeared in Money for Nothing (1928), Money in the Bank (1946), and Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin (1972).


Minor sunning at head of spine; mild toning to endpapers. Jacket spine sunned, a few chips, a few tape repairs from reverse, spine head chipped affecting lettering, one inch by one inch chipped at front heal edge, closed edge tears else better than very good in a good to very good jacket.

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