The Man With Two Left Feet, and Other Stories
is a collection of short stories
by P. G. Wodehouse
, first published in the United Kingdom
on March 8 1917
& Co., London
, and in the United States
in 1933 by A.L. Burt
and Co., New York
. Most of the stories had previously appeared in periodicals
, generally the Strand
in the UK and the Saturday Evening Post
in the U.S.
It is a fairly miscellaneous collection - most of the stories concern relationships, sports and household pets, and do not feature any of Wodehouse's regular characters; one however, "Extricating Young Gussie", is remarkable as the first appearance of some of Wodehouse's most well-known and beloved characters, Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster (although here Bertie's surname appears to be Mannering-Phipps, and Jeeves' role is very small), along with Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha.
- "Bill the Bloodhound"
- "Extricating Young Gussie"
- "Wilton's Holiday"
- "The Mixer: He Meets a Shy Gentleman"
- UK: Strand, November 1915
- US: Redbook, June 1916
- "The Mixer: He Moves in Society"
- UK: Strand, December 1915
- US: Redbook, July 1916
- "Crowned Heads"
- "At Geisenheimer's"
- US: Saturday Evening Post, August 21 1915
- UK: Strand, October 1915 (as "The Love-r-ly Silver Cup")
- "The Making of Mac's"
- UK: Strand, May 1915
- US: Redbook, May 1916 (as "The Romance of 'Mac's")
- "One Touch of Nature"
- US: McClure's, August 1914 (as "Brother Fans")
- "Black for Luck"
- UK: Strand, June 1915
- US: Redbook, July 1915 (as "A Black Cat For Luck")
- "The Romance of an Ugly Policeman"
- * US: Ainslee's, September 1926
- "A Sea of Troubles"
- US: McClure's, September 1914
- UK: Pearson's, June 1915
- "The Man With Two Left Feet"
- US: Saturday Evening Post, March 18 1916
- UK: Strand, May 1916
In the U.S. version of the book, "Wilton's Holiday", "Crowned Heads" and the two-part "The Mixer" were omitted, and replaced with three other stories, "Absent Treatment", "Rallying Round Old George" and "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", which all feature Reggie Pepper and had all appeared in the UK in My Man Jeeves (1919).