The Luck of the Bodkins

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


Little, Brown and Company



298 pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in green cloth with dark green lettering to cover and spine in original pictorial jacket. (First's 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 serialized 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 with some closed edge tears, spine ends lightly chipped with some closed tears, spine sunned, tape repair to back panel else better than very good copy in like jacket.

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