Eggs, Beans and Crumpets


Eggs, Beans and Crumpets

"Eggs, Beans and Crumpets" is a collection of nine short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the UK on April 26 1940 by Herbert Jenkins, London, then with a slightly different content in the U.S. on May 10 1940 by Doubleday Doran, New York. A Penguin Books edition was issued in 1976 with the ISBN 0-14-003351-3.

The book mostly feature regular characters: four Drones Club member Bingo Little stories, one Mr Mulliner, one independent, and three Ukridge stories.

Contents

# "All's Well with Bingo" (Drone Bingo Little)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", January 30 1937
#* UK: "Strand", April 1937
# "Bingo and the Peke Crisis" (Drone Bingo Little)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", May 29 1937
#* UK: "Strand", June 1937
# "The Editor Regrets" (Drone Bingo Little)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", July 1 1939
#* UK: "Strand", September 1939
# "Sonny Boy" (Drone Bingo Little)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", September 2 1939
#* UK: "Strand", December 1939
# "Anselm Gets His Chance" (Mr Mulliner)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", July 3 1937
#* UK: "Strand", July 1937
# "Romance at Droitgate Spa"
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", February 20 1937
#* UK: "Strand", August 1937
# "A Bit of Luck for Mabel" (Ukridge)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", December 26 1925
#* UK: "Strand", January 1926
# "Buttercup Day" (Ukridge)
#* US: "Saturday Evening Post", November 21 1925
#* UK: "Strand", December 1925
# "Ukridge and the Old Stepper" (Ukridge)
#* US: "Liberty", June 9 1928
#* UK: "Strand", June 1928

The U.S. edition of the book also included:

* "Ukridge and the Home from Home", "The Come-back of Battling Billson", and "The Level Business Head" (three more Ukridge stories), which in the UK was in "Lord Emsworth and Others" (1937)
* "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh" (a story featuring Drone Freddie Widgeon)w which was in the UK version of "Young Men in Spats" (1936)
* "Bramley Is So Bracing" (another Drone Freddie Widgeon story), which would appear to UK readers in "Nothing Serious" (1950)
* "Scratch Man" (an Oldest Member golf story), which would not appear in the UK until "A Few Quick Ones" (1959)

Missing from the U.S. version were "Romance at Droitgate Spa" and "All's Well with Bingo", which had been in the U.S. version of "Lord Emsworth and Others", entitled "Crime Wave at Blandings" (1937).

ee also

* List of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, categorised by series

References

; Sources consulted

* cite web
author = Midkiff, Neil
title = "The Wodehouse short stories"
work = P. G. Wodehouse pages
url = http://home.earthlink.net/~nmidkiff/pgw/story.html
accessdate = 2006-04-24

* cite web
author = Reggie
date = 2007-03-16 update
title = "Eggs, Beans and Crumpets"
work = Blandings, a Companion to the Works of P. G. Wodehouse
url = http://www.blandings.org.uk/book/Eggs.htm
accessdate = 2007-07-21

External links

* [http://wodehouse.ru/61.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with a list of characters in each story
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/p-g-wodehouse/eggs-beans-and-crumpets.htm Fantastic Fiction's page] , with details of published editions, photos of book covers and links to used copies
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~nmidkiff/pgw/story.html An alphabetical list] of Wodehouse's shorts, with first publishing dates and appearances in collections


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