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The coming of Bill

Author: P G Wodehouse
Publisher: Fairfiled, IA : 1st World Library, [2004] ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Coming of Bill (1920) is the nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious novel, although the influence of the musical comedies he was writing at the time is never far away. Bill is the child of Ruth, a spoilt heiress, and Kirk, an impecunious artist of perfect physique. Their marriage has been arranged by Ruth's aunt, a believer in eugenics who then takes charge of the baby. The story, set entirely in New York and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P G Wodehouse
ISBN: 1421807939 9781421807935 1595403434 9781595403438
OCLC Number: 1276806793
Description: 393 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Book 1: A pawn of fate --
Ruth states her intentions --
The mates meet --
Troubled waters --
Wherein opposites agree --
Breaking the news --
Sufficient unto themselves --
Suspense --
The white hope is turned down --
An interlude of peace --
Stung to action --
A climax --
Book 2: Empty-handed --
An unknown path --
The misadventure of Steve --
The widening gap --
The real thing --
The outcasts --
Cutting the tangled knot --
Steve to the rescue --
At one in the morning --
Accepting the gifts of the gods --
Mr Penway on the grill --
Dolls with souls --
Pastures new --
The Sixty-first Street cyclone --
Mrs Porter's waterloo --
The white-hope link.
Responsibility: P.G. Wodehouse.

Abstract:

The Coming of Bill (1920) is the nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious novel, although the influence of the musical comedies he was writing at the time is never far away. Bill is the child of Ruth, a spoilt heiress, and Kirk, an impecunious artist of perfect physique. Their marriage has been arranged by Ruth's aunt, a believer in eugenics who then takes charge of the baby. The story, set entirely in New York and Connecticut, concerns the young couple's campaign to retrieve their child from the overbearing Mrs Porter and establish a normal family life. They are eventually successful, but only after a series of comic mishaps in a story which features a galaxyof vintage Wodehouse characters, including the bossy aunt, a tetchy millionaire, a good-natured ex-boxer and an orotund English butler.

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