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First published in UK: April 12 1935 by Herbert Jenkins, London
First published in US: September 20 1935 by Doubleday Doran, Garden City, New York

A Wodehouse miscellany that takes us from Shropshire to Hollywood...

At Blandings Castle trouble, as is often the case, rears its bothersome head. Crooning Tenor Orlo Watkins has stolen Gertrude away from the Rev. Rupert Bingham. The Hon. Freddie Threepwood is meant to restore the sticky situation but he is more interested in getting his aunt to sample the delights of Donaldson Dog-Joy biscuits. Lord Emsworth is about to lose his butler Beach when he acquires a not-too-handsome beard, but there's even worse confusion when the Empress, Lord Emsworth's beloved pig, loses her appetite. Meanwhile, Mr Mulliner at the Angler's Rest has some intriguing tales to tell about the film industry.

The Custody of the Pumpkin
Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best
Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey
Company for Gertrude
The Go-getter
Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend
Mr Potter Takes a Rest Cure
Monkey Business
The Nodder
The Juice of an Orange
The Rise of Minna Nordstrom
The Castaways
The Custody of the Pumpkin
1924-11-29 Saturday Evening Post (US)
1924-12 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

Characters

Angus McAllister — Lord Emsworth's head gardener
Hon. Freddie Threepwood — Lord Emsworth's 26 year old second son who gets engaged and then marries Aggie
Lord Emsworth — Fluffy-minded, amiable peer who wins first prize for his pumpkin. This pumpkin phase preceded the more lasting sow adoration.
Beach — Butler at Blandings
(Aggie) Niagara Donaldson — Rich American girl who marries Freddie
Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe — Lord Emsowrth's rival in the pumpkin contest
Blandings Hope — Lord Emsworth's pumpkin
Robert Barker — Lord Emsworth's second gardener
Mr. Donaldson — American millionaire whose daughter married Freddie

Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best
1926-06 Strand (UK)
1926-06-05 Liberty (US)

Russian translations

  • Boroda lorda Emsvorta by E.Tolkacheva: "Tridcat' dnej" #6, 1927
  • Khlopoty lorda Emsvorta by N.Trauberg: 1995, 2000

Characters

Beach — Butler at Blandings
Mrs. Twemlow — Housekeeper at Blandings
Lord Emsworth
Hon. Frederick Threepwood
Aggie — Freddie's wife
Jane Yorke — Aggie's friend who wants her to marry Jane's brother

Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey
1927-07-09 Liberty (US)
1927-08 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

Characters

Clarence, Lord Emsworth — Loves the Empress
Empress of Blandings — Won first prize in the Fat Pigs Class at the 87th Annual Shropshire Agricultural Show
George Cyril Wellbeloved — Lord Emsworth's 29 year old pigman
Evans — Police Constable in Market Blandings
Lady Constance Keeble
Dr. Smithers — Veterinary Surgeon in Market Blandings
Lord Heacham — Rich landowner whose engagement to Angela is broken
Angela — Lord Emsworth's 21 year old niece who breaks her engagement to Lord Heacham because she wants to marry James
James Bartholomew Belford — Worked on a farm in Nebraska. Loves Angela and teaches Lord Emsworth the master pig call.
Beach

Company for Gertrude
1928-09 Strand (UK)
1928-10 Cosmopolitan (US)

Russian translations

  • Obshestvo dlya Gertrudy by N.Trauberg: 1995, 2000

Characters

Hon. Freddie Threepwood — Tries to sell his aunt, Georgiana, Donaldson's Dog Joy
Lady Georgiana Alcester — Freddie's aunt who owns many dogs. One of the many sisters of Lord Emsworth.
(Beefy) The Rev. Rupert Bingham — Freddie's pal from his University days who wants to marry Gertrude
Gertrude — Georgiana's beautiful 23 year old daughter in love with Beefy
Clarence, Lord Emsworth — 59 year old peer who likes to try new medicines. Likes to potter in his gardens. His father lived to be 77.
Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe — Stole Lord Emsworth's pigman away
George Cyril Wellbeloved — Lord Emsworth's ex-pigman, now with Sir Gregory
Beach — Butler at Blandings

The Go-getter
1931-03 Cosmopolitan (US) (Sales Resistance)
1931-08 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Master svoego dela by N.Trauberg: 1995, 2000

Characters

Hon. Freddie Threepwood — Tries to promote Donaldson's Dog Joy
Georgiana, Lady Alcester — Freddie's aunt who has 14 dogs
Gertrude — Engaged to Beefy but infatuated with Orlo
Beefy Bingham — Vicar at Much Matchingham engaged to Gertrude
Orlo Watkins — A crooning tenor
Bottles — Beefy's dog
Lady Constance Keeble
Beach

Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend
1928-10-06 Liberty (US)
1928-11 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

Characters

Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
Lady Constance Keeble
Angus McAllister — Lord Emsworth's head gardener for nine years, who wants a gravel path put through the yew alley
Gladys — 12 or 13 year old London girl who likes Lord Emsworth
Ern — Gladys' small brother

Mr Potter Takes a Rest Cure
1926-01-23 Liberty (US)
1926-02 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Mister Potter lechitsya pokoem by E.Tolkachev: 1928 1995

Characters

John Hamilton Potter — Founder and proprietor of J.H. Potter, Inc., a New York publishing house
Clifford Gandle — An obnoxious M.P. who proposes to Bobbie
Lady Wickham — Bobbie's mother who wants her to marry Gandle
(Bobbie) Roberta Wickham — Slim and boyish redhead who loves playing pranks
(Algy) Algernon Crufts — Bobbie's friend

Monkey Business
1932-12 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Obez'yan'i shtuchki by I.Gurova: 2001, 2003

Characters

Mr. Mulliner
A Tankard of Stout, Small Bass, Gin Fizz — Mr. Mulliner's companions
Miss Postlethwaite
Montrose Mulliner — Timid distant cousin who is Assistant Director of the Perfecto-Zizzbaum Motion Picture Corp. of Hollywood
Rosalie Beamish — Engaged to Montrose
Mr. Schnellenhamer — President of Perfecto-Zizzbaum
George Pybus — Montrose's friend who works in the Press Department
Cyril Waddesley-Davenport — Actor who attended Oxford who plays the part of a gorilla

The Nodder
1933-01 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

Characters

Mr. Mulliner
Rum and Milk, Whiskey and Splash, A Pint of Half-and-Half — Mr. Mulliner's companions
Wilmot Mulliner — Distant cousin, a nodder who loves Mabel
Mabel Potter — Mr. Schnellenhamer's private secretary, an ex-bird imitator in Vaudeville
Mr. Schnellenhamer — President of the movie company
Little Johnny Bingley — Child movie star who is in reality a middle-aged midget

The Juice of an Orange
1933-02 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Apel'sinovyj sok by N.Trauberg: 1999
  • Sok odnogo apel'sina by I.Gurova: 2001, 2003

Characters

Mr. Mulliner
Ernest Biggs — Landlord of the Angler's Rest
Wilmot Mulliner — Distant cousin
Mabel Potter — Breaks off her engagement to Wilmot
Eustiss Vanderleigh — Playwright
Mr. Schnellenhamer
Mr. Levitsky
Hortensia Burwash — The Empress of Molten Passion at P.Z.

The Rise of Minna Nordstrom
1933-04 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Voskhozhdenie Minny Nordstrom by I.Gurova: 2001, 2003

Characters

Mr. Mulliner
Miss Postlethwaite
Rum and Milk, Sherry and Bitters, Port from the Wood, Dry Martini — Mr. Mulliner's companions
Jacob Z. Schnellenhamer
Vera Prebble — Mr. Schnellenhamer's pretty parlour-maid who turns into Minna
Isidore Fishbein — Head of Perfecto-Fishbein
Ben Zizzbaum — Head of Zizzbaum-Celluloid Corp.
Sigismund Glutz — Head of Medulla-Oblongata-Glutz

The Castaways
1933-06 Strand (UK)

Russian translations

  • Neobitaemyj ostrov by N.Trauberg: 1999
  • Gollivudskie Robinzony by I.Gurova: 2001, 2003

Characters

Mr. Mulliner
Miss Postlethwaite
Bulstrode Mulliner — Nephew who loves Mabelle. Writer in Hollywood.
Genevieve Bootle
Jacob Z. Schnellenhamer
Mabelle Ridgway — Engaged to Bulstrode
Ed Murgatroyd — Engaged to Genevieve

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