The Wodehouse novels

As with my story page, this compilation is designed to show the origins and versions of Wodehouse’s novels. I follow Daniel H. Garrison’s Who’s Who in Wodehouse and Eileen McIlvaine’s Wodehouse bibliography in generally giving precedence to the name of the first hardcover edition, whether English or American. Because most current editions in print follow the British titles, I’ve added cross-references to alternate titles in the table below in their proper alphabetical order. The letter-and-number codes are Garrison’s and McIlvaine’s, in that order. Dates of the initial magazine appearances are shown in year/month/day or year/month format.

The symbol † after a magazine title indicates a magazine publication which ran (or at least concluded) after the hardcover book publication date on the same side of the Atlantic; often these are abridged versions.

I’m not attempting to show publishers and issue dates of the various hardback and paperback editions, as that would make this table too unwieldy to take in at a glance. Dates of British and American first editions can be found in Terry Mordue's annotated bibliography now hosted at Madame Eulalie.

Many of the serializations published before 1923 (and thus in the public domain under USA copyright laws) are available at Madame Eulalie’s Rare Plums; if the magazine name is formatted as a hyperlink, the story is available there.

Please send corrections and additional information to

Neil Midkiff
18 March 2016

(US: Mostly Sally)
AS22 A29   US Collier's 1921/10/08 1921/12/31 The Adventures of Sally about 72,000 words; American book Mostly Sally is somewhat longer
UK Grand 1922/04 1922/10 The Adventures of Sally shortened to about 61,000 words; British book is over 77,000 words
US Household Magazine† 1925/11 1926/04 Mostly Sally Considerably abridged, even shorter than Grand; starts in Roville (chapter 2 of other versions)
Angel Cake see Barmy in Wonderland
(US: The Cat-nappers)
AA74 A97 Jeeves/Bertie not serialized  
BACHELORS ANONYMOUS BA73 A96   not serialized  
(US: Angel Cake)
BW52 A72   CA Toronto Star Weekly† 1952/09/13 one issue (condensed) Angel Cake Adapted by permission from George S. Kaufman’s 1925 play The Butter and Egg Man (also the source of at least three films); the American book is dedicated to Mr. G. S. K.  Book versions substantially similar; a few transatlantic rewordings (e.g. knickerbockers/pants). Chapters 5–6 adapted from Wodehouse’s story “Joy Bells for Barmy.” I have not seen Star Weekly condensation.
Bertie Wooster Sees It Through see Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit
(UK: Frozen Assets)
BM64 A87   US Playboy 1964/02 1964/03 Biffen's Millions (condensed) Playboy serial rather roughly shortened from book version, occasionally leaving matters unexplained (such as mentioning the twenty francs in ch. 1 but leaving out the official stamps which cost that sum). British and American book versions appear substantially similar upon a quick overview.
BIG MONEY BM31 A43   US Collier's 1930/09/20 1930/12/06   Based on first chapter, Collier’s seems very similar to book versions; Strand serial has slight cuts.
UK Strand 1930/10 1931/04    
BILL THE CONQUEROR BC24 A33   US Sat. Eve. Post 1924/05/24 1924/07/12   SEP serial seems full-length upon spot checks and indeed has short passages not in books; Grand serial has substantial cuts. Other sources have incorrect dates for the Grand serial; these dates have been confirmed against the original magazine by Charles Stone-Tolcher. Book versions similar; American first edition has two notable printer’s errors: “joyous” for “joyless” in ch. 2, §4; “westward” for “eastward” in ch. 4, §1.
UK Grand† 1924/09 1925/04  
Brinkley Manor see Right Ho, Jeeves
(UK: Galahad at Blandings)
BG65 A88 Blandings Castle not serialized  
The Cat-nappers see Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
The Butler Did It see Something Fishy
COCKTAIL TIME CT58 A81 Uncle Fred US Ladies' Home Journal 1958/04 one issue (condensed)   More than the usual differences between British and American book, though most are minor, for instance: word substitutions (safari/shikari); slight cuts in British version (missing “Youth, said Shakespeare...manifestly low” in ch. 1). More substantial rewriting in ch. 2 when Barbara Crowe and Bunny Farringdon are first mentioned: in American versions Jimmy Crowe was killed in the war; in British text he is an unnamed motor accident victim. Bunny Farringdon’s career as a commercial artist is named only in American versions. And so forth. LHJ text is abridged from American book version.
THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS CW38 A60 Jeeves/Bertie US Sat. Eve. Post 1938/07/16 1938/09/03    
UK Daily Mail 1938/09/08 1938/10/21    
The Coming of Bill see The White Hope
Company for Henry see The Purloined Paperweight
A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS DD19 A24   US Sat. Eve. Post 1919/05/10 1919/06/28    
DO BUTLERS BURGLE BANKS? DB68 A91   not serialized American book set mostly in Wallingford, Worcestershire; British book in Wellingford. Upon spot checks, versions otherwise seem substantially similar.
DOCTOR SALLY DS32 A46   UK Yorkshire Weekly Post Illustrated 1932/01/02 1932/02/27   Based on Wodehouse’s 1927 play Good Morning, Bill!, based on a Hungarian play by Ladislaus Fodor. I have not seen the British serial, previously listed on these dates in 1931, which has proved to be wrong; 1932 is consistent with the Saturday publication date of the weekly. Collier’s serial, American book appearance as “The Medicine Girl” in The Crime Wave at Blandings (see story page), and British book of Doctor Sally seem essentially identical at a quick overview.
US Collier's 1931/07/04 1931/08/01 The Medicine Girl [Garrison 31MG]
(UK: Summer Lightning)
FP29 A41 Blandings Castle UK Pall Mall 1929/03 1929/09 Summer Lightning McIlvaine’s listing omitted seventh (final) episode in September 1929. [added Jan. 2016]
US Collier's 1929/04/06 1929/06/22 Summer Lightning  
FRENCH LEAVE FL56 A78   UK John Bull 1955/11/12 1955/12/03   Adapted from Guy Bolton’s play Three Blind Mice, also the source of three films. Star Weekly condensation seems to represent an earlier stage in the writing process, with some differences of plot [both Jo and Terry initially plan to catch rich husbands, as noted by Ian Michaud]. John Bull serial seems to derive from longer book text by simple cuts with almost no rewriting. US book publication delayed until 1959; the girls get $3,000 each from the television sale rather than $2,000.
CA Toronto Star Weekly 1955/09/24 one issue (condensed)  
Frozen Assets see Biffen's Millions
FULL MOON FM47 A66 Blandings Castle US Liberty† 1947/11 one issue (condensed)  
Galahad at Blandings see The Brinkmanship of Galahad Threepwood
A Gentleman of Leisure see The Intrusion of Jimmy
THE GIRL IN BLUE GB70 A93   CA Toronto Star Weekly† 1971/04/24 one issue (condensed)  
The Girl on the Boat see Three Men and a Maid
THE GOLD BAT GB04 A4 school UK Captain 1903/10 1904/03  
THE HEAD OF KAY'S HK05 A6 school UK Captain 1904/10 1905/03    
HEAVY WEATHER HW33 A50 Blandings Castle US Sat. Eve. Post 1933/05/27 1933/07/15  
HOT WATER HW32 A47   US Collier's 1932/05/21 1932/08/06    
(UK: Jeeves in the Offing)
HR60 A83 JB, Bobbie Wickham US Playboy 1960/02 one issue How Right You Are, Jeeves (condensed)  
CA Toronto Star Weekly† 1960/04/23 one issue
UK John Bull† 1960/08/29 1960/09/19
(UK: Ice in the Bedroom)
IB61 A84 Freddie Widgeon CA Toronto Star Weekly 1960/11/05 one issue The Ice in the Bedroom  
IF I WERE YOU IW31 A44   US American 1931/04 1931/07   Based on an unproduced play of the same title by Wodehouse and Guy Bolton; the movie rights were sold to MGM in 1931 but never filmed. A later revision of the play under the title Who’s Who? had a brief run in London in 1934. American serial seems only very slightly abridged compared to book; Daily Mail serial also has very minor cuts and revisions, based on opening episodes.
UK Daily Mail 1931/06/05 1931/07/03  
INDISCRETIONS OF ARCHIE IA21 A26 Archie UK Strand 1920/03 1921/02 as 11 individual stories Reordered and somewhat rewritten to link stories into a novelization; see story page for details of individual stories
US Cosmopolitan 1920/05 1921/02 Series title "Archie in America"; only 10 of the 11 Strand stories
(US: Jeeves)
IJ23 A30 Jeeves/Bertie UK Strand 1918/08 1922/11 as individual stories Slightly rewritten to link stories into a novelization; see story page for details of individual stories
US Cosmopolitan 1921/12 1922/12 as individual stories
(UK: A Gentleman of Leisure)
IJ10 A13   US Ainslee's 1909/12 one issue The Gem Collector (earlier novella version) [09GC] Title artwork in Ainslee’s shows author as “R. G. Wodehouse”; correctly credited to P. G. Wodehouse in Index to Vol. 24 of the magazine.
UK Tit-Bits 1910/06/11 1910/09/10 The Intrusions of Jimmy Sept. 2014: Tit-Bits title corrected to "Intrusions"; earlier sources have always assumed this was "Intrusion" like the book title.
(US: Bertie Wooster Sees It Through)
JF54 A77 Jeeves/Bertie CA Toronto Star Weekly 1954/12/04 one issue (condensed) Double Jeopardy
Jeeves see The Inimitable Jeeves
Jeeves and the Tie that Binds see Much Obliged, Jeeves
Jeeves in the Morning see Joy in the Morning
Jeeves in the Offing see How Right You Are, Jeeves
Jill the Reckless see The Little Warrior
JOY IN THE MORNING JM46 A65 Jeeves/Bertie not serialized Some paperback editions issued as Jeeves in the Morning
LAUGHING GAS LG36 A56   US This Week 1935/03/24 1935/04/28   Magazine versions are novelette length; book versions much expanded. End date of Pearson’s serial was marked ? in previous versions of this page, but [Feb. 2016] now confirmed as ending in the October 1935 issue.
UK Pearson's 1935/08 1935/10  
LEAVE IT TO PSMITH LP23 A31 Blandings Castle, Psmith US Sat. Eve. Post 1923/02/03 1923/03/24   Ending of magazine versions altered for book publications. Grand Magazine serialization confirmed as June–December 1923, not beginning in April as previously stated.
UK Grand 1923/06 1923/12  
THE LITTLE NUGGET LN13 A16   UK Captain 1913/01 1913/03 The Eighteen-Carat Kid [13EC] Captain story expanded with a love interest for Munsey's and book version
US Munsey's 1913/08 one issue The Little Nugget
(UK: Jill the Reckless)
LW20 A25   US Collier's 1920/04/10 1920/08/28 The Little Warrior
CA Maclean's 1920/08/01 1921/11/15 The Little Warrior
UK Grand 1920/09 1921/06 Jill the Reckless Grand serialization is considerably shorter than any other version.
LOVE AMONG THE CHICKENS LC06 A7 Ukridge US Circle 1908/09 1909/03   The Circle serial is slightly abridged from the full-length book text. A revised version of the book was published in 1921, in which Jeremy Garnet narrates the book starting from the opening, with revisions to place names, prices, incidental references, and some minor rewriting.
THE LUCK OF THE BODKINS LB35 A54   US Red Book 1935/08 1936/01   Both American and British magazine versions much shortened from PGW's original; edited text also used for USA book publication. UK book published 1935/10/11 at full length
UK Passing Show† 1935/09/21 1935/11/23  
(as "Basil Windham" jointly with Wm. Townend)
LS08 A109   UK Chums 1908/09/16 1909/01/20   Not published in book form until 1997
(with C. H. Bovill)
MM14 A107   UK Strand 1914/04 1914/09 as individual stories Not published in book form until 1991
US Pictorial Review 1916/05 1916/10 as individual stories
THE MATING SEASON MS49 A69 Jeeves/Bertie CA Toronto Star Weekly 1949/11/12 one issue (condensed)    
MIKE MK09 A12 Mike Jackson
UK Captain 1907/04 1907/09 Jackson Junior
  [=Mike at Wrykyn]
Second half published as Enter Psmith in 1935; Mike divided into Mike at Wrykyn and Mike and Psmith in 1953, with some updating of references such as to sporting celebrities.
UK Captain 1908/04 1908/09 The Lost Lambs
  [=Mike and Psmith]
MONEY FOR NOTHING MN28 A39   UK London Calling 1928/03/03 1928/07/28   Based on opening episodes, British serial is somewhat abridged; American serial appears to be full-length and substantially similar to both book versions. Minor word substitutions, e.g. Nordic (American serial and British book) vs. Caucasian (British serial and American book) in book chapter 2.
US Liberty 1928/06/16 1928/09/22  
MONEY IN THE BANK MB42 A64   US Sat. Eve. Post 1941/11/08 1941/12/27  
Mostly Sally see The Adventures of Sally
(US: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)
MO71 A94 Jeeves/Bertie not serialized
No Nudes is Good Nudes see A Pelican at Blandings
NOT GEORGE WASHINGTON (with H. Westbrook) NG07 A9   not serialized
THE OLD RELIABLE OR51 A71   US Collier's 1950/06/24 1950/07/22 Phipps to the Rescue Collier’s serial seems to be nearly full-length, with a few minor cuts, rewordings, and substitutions; Jane Shannon, the Old Master, becomes Wilhelmina (“Bill,” the Old Reliable) in books. British and American books seem very similar upon spot checks; American first edition has misprint “stage” for “stake” in first paragraph of ch. 5.
(US: The Plot That Thickened)
PG72 A95   CA Toronto Star Weekly 1973/04/28 one issue (condensed) Pearls, Girls, and Monty Bodkin
(US: No Nudes Is Good Nudes)
PB69 A92 Blandings Castle not serialized  
PICCADILLY JIM PJ17 A20   US Sat. Eve. Post 1916/09/16 1916/11/11  
PIGS HAVE WINGS PW52 A73 Blandings Castle US Collier's 1952/08/16 1952/09/20    
The Plot that Thickened see Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin
THE POTHUNTERS PH02 A1 school UK Public School Magazine 1902/01 1902/03   The serialization was not yet finished when PSM ceased publication; the plot of the last portion of the story [chs. 11–18] was quickly summarized in a letter from Jim to Allen Thomson labeled “Conclusion” in the March 1902 final issue.
A PREFECT'S UNCLE PU03 A2 school not serialized  
THE PRINCE AND BETTY (New York: Watt, 2/14/12) PA12 A15a "Smith" Serialized after book publication in the Saturday magazine section of the New York Evening Mail (September 14 to December 28, 1912) and in the Washington Post, 1920/02/15 to 1920/05/02; also see note at right Wodehouse extended an Americanized adaptation of the New York plot of Psmith, Journalist (including a "Rupert Smith" obviously rewritten from Psmith) with the John Maude/Betty Silver/Mr. Scobell story of Mervo and its casino, to make the first full-length novel version (over 67,000 words), before the Morrisons/Lord Arthur Hayling subplot was written for the British editions as a replacement for the New York journalism story. The Mervo-New York combination of plots was later substantially rewritten and abridged as a five-episode serial of novella length (26,000 words) called "A Prince for Hire" in Illustrated Love Magazine, April–August 1931.
THE PRINCE AND BETTY (London: Mills & Boon, 5/1/12) PB12 A15b   US Ainslee's 1912/01 one issue   Mostly a love story, involving an unexpected heir to the throne of a Mediterranean island principality and the daughter of a financier who wants to control the island to emulate the gambling success of Monte Carlo. The New York journalism plot of the American book was replaced by Betty's involvement with the Morrison family and Lord Arthur Hayling. Ainslee's version (like the American book) starts a few days after "The Matrimonial Sweepstakes" ends in that story's American setting, with Elsa and Marvin as friends of the financier's daughter; Strand version and British book follow "The Good Angel" similarly, opening at English country house just after Elsa and Martin become engaged. Strand text is under 20,000 words, considerably cut from British book text, but having some passages that don't appear in Ainslee's; Ainslee's text is over 31,000 words; British book is longer than either at about 40,000 words.
UK Strand 1912/02 1912/04  
PSMITH IN THE CITY PC10 A14 Psmith UK Captain 1908/10 1909/03 The New Fold
PJ15 A15c Psmith UK Captain 1909/10 1910/03 Psmith, Journalist Cover and title page of book have "Psmith" and "Journalist" on two lines without a comma; the half-title of the 1923 A.&C. Black edition is "PSMITH, JOURNALIST" on one line.
(UK: Company for Henry)
PP67 A90   CA Toronto Star Weekly 1967/04/29 1967/05/06 The Purloined Paperweight (condensed) A lively book, with many new elements but a lot of nostalgia as well. The cat-in-tree episode in ch. 1.3 is largely based on ch. 17 of Sam the Sudden. Butler Ferris from The Small Bachelor reappears with a new first name but has memories of that earlier book, in which we previously have read J. Hamilton Beamish’s advice on the Marriage Sane now reappearing in ch. 5. Stealing heirlooms to raise money is revisited from Money for Nothing. Lionel Green returns from Money in the Bank; Algy Martin from The Adventures of Sally. British and American editions seem substantially identical based upon spot checks. I have not seen the Star Weekly condensation. The introduction to the Paperweight Press reprint of the American first edition notes that the collectible glass paperweights described in the book were made in France from 1840–60, so Wodehouse’s description of them as eighteenth-century is in error. One more unusual note: it is never explained why Henry Paradene cannot sell heirlooms such as the paperweight but is apparently able to sell Ashby Hall itself; one would have expected the real estate to be entailed as well.
QUICK SERVICE QS40 A63   US Sat. Eve. Post 1940/05/04 1940/06/22   All versions apparently substantially similar (only spot-checked); SEP omits naming the other big car as a Packard.
The Return of Jeeves see Ring for Jeeves
(US: Brinkley Manor)
RH34 A52 Jeeves/Bertie UK Grand 1934/04 1934/09  
US Sat. Eve. Post 1933/12/23 1934/01/27 Right-Ho, Jeeves
(US: The Return of Jeeves)
RJ53 A74 Jeeves (no Bertie) CA Toronto Star Weekly 1953/09/05 one issue (condensed) Ring for Jeeves Originally a play, Come On, Jeeves by Guy Bolton and PGW, novelized by PGW; some rewriting, especially of opening chapters, and some character names changed for American publication
US Ladies' Home Journal 1954/04 one issue (condensed) The Return of Jeeves
Sam in the Suburbs see Sam the Sudden
(US: Sam in the Suburbs)
SS25 A35   US Sat. Eve. Post 1925/06/13 1925/07/18 Sam in the Suburbs Based on opening episodes, Sunny version is slightly cut, SEP version has tiny cuts (some of which are also cut in US book of Sam in the Suburbs). A very few differences of names (Spike Delaney/Murphy) or wording (e.g. water-cooler or wastebasket) between magazine and book versions.
UK Sunny Magazine† 1925/07 1926/02 Sam the Sudden
SERVICE WITH A SMILE SS61 A85 Blandings Castle CA Toronto Star Weekly 1961/08/26 1961/09/02 (condensed)  
THE SMALL BACHELOR SB27 A37   US Liberty 1926/09/18 1926/12/25   Liberty version has a very few minor cuts; New magazine (whose dates are corrected here March 2016, previously listed as two months earlier) appears to be full length upon spot checks. Book versions seem substantially identical other than misprints (such as towinedos for tournedos in ch. 14 of American book, suggesting a handwritten original MS, as does the Giuseppe/Guiseppe error in ch. 16). Part of the plot is reused from the Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern musical Oh, Lady! Lady!! of 1918.
UK New Magazine 1926/12 1927/07  
(US: The Butler Did It)
SF57 A80   US Collier's 1956/08/31 1956/09/14 Something Fishy (condensed)  
UK John Bull 1956/09/29 1956/10/13 Something Fishy (condensed)  
Something Fresh see Something New
(UK: Something Fresh)
SN15 A18 Blandings Castle US Sat. Eve. Post 1915/06/26 1915/08/14 Something New US versions include an episode involving a splash of paint on a shoe as a clue; this plot device had been used in the second half of Mike and so was omitted from the UK Something Fresh.
SPRING FEVER SF48 A67   CA Toronto Star Weekly† 1948/10/09 one issue   Written originally in novel form in 1943 while Wodehouse was in German-controlled Europe; reworked in play form several times, with a 1945 first draft similar to the novel. A later play with the same title but much reworked with an American setting was not produced and became the source for The Old Reliable. British and American books appear substantially identical upon spot checks; I have not seen Star Weekly condensation.
STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES SU63 A86 Jeeves/Bertie US Playboy 1963/02 1963/03 (condensed)
Summer Lightning see Fish Preferred
SUMMER MOONSHINE SM37 A59   US Sat. Eve. Post 1937/07/24 1937/09/11   All versions appear substantially similar upon a quick comparison, with occasional tiny trims or insertions. For instance, Pearson’s serial has a reference to One-Eyed Connolly in part 3 (book ch. 8) missing from all other versions; American editions have Tubby tell Joe that he can’t “come in on an Annie Oakley” (complimentary ticket) a few sentences later.
UK Pearson's 1937/09 1938/04  
SUNSET AT BLANDINGS SB77 A100 Blandings Castle not serialized Not completed at Wodehouse's death; published with his notes for the final chapters
THE SWOOP! SW09 A11   US Vanity Fair 1915/07 1915/08 in revised form as The Military Invasion of America Originally appeared as a shilling paperback in 1909; facsimile reprint 1993.
THANK YOU, JEEVES TY34 A51 Jeeves/Bertie UK Strand 1933/08 1934/02    
US Cosmopolitan 1934/01 1934/06    
Their Mutual Child see The White Hope
(UK: The Girl on the Boat)
TM22 A28   UK Pan 1921/02 1921/09 Three Men and a Maid
US Woman's Home Companion 1921/10 1921/12 Three Men and a Maid
UNCLE DYNAMITE UD48 A68 Uncle Fred US Liberty† 1949/04 one issue (condensed)    
CA Toronto Star Weekly† 1949/04/30 one issue (condensed)    
UNCLE FRED IN THE SPRINGTIME UF39 A61 Uncle Fred, Blandings Castle US Sat. Eve. Post 1939/04/22 1939/05/27   Magazine version was shortened and simplified at editor's request, in part by removing the Valerie Twistleton–Horace Pendlebury-Davenport subplot from PGW's novel-length original, as published in book form.
UNEASY MONEY UM16 A19   US Sat. Eve. Post 1915/12/04 1916/01/15   Although McIlvaine says that English book is considerably cut from American and Strand versions, Tony Smith suggests that English book seems to follow Strand which is cut down from S.E.P. He's right: American book and S.E.P. versions are nearly identical and run about 69,000 words. British book and Strand versions, themselves nearly identical, are about 65,000 words.
UK Strand 1916/12 1917/06  
THE WHITE FEATHER WF07 A8 school UK Captain 1905/10 1906/03  
(US book: Their Mutual Child, 1919;
UK book: The Coming of Bill, 1920)
WH14 A23   US Munsey's 1914/05 one issue The White Hope  
WILLIAM TELL TOLD AGAIN WT04 A5   not serialized