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Author: P.G. Wodehouse
ISBN: 0140012729
Language: English
Pages: 304 pages
Category: Humor
Publisher: Penguin Books (July 2, 1991)
Rating: 4.4
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Something to worry about. Do you remember that story of the people on the island who eked out aprecarious livelihood by taking in one another's washing?' he asked,casually. Go away!' cried Annette. I've always thought,' he said, 'that it must have drawn them veryclose together-made them feel rather attached to each other. Don'tyou?' 'Go away!'

Men of substance,financially as well as physically, they had combined their superfluouscash and with it purchased a. .

The Man Upstairs is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 23 January 1914 by Methuen & C. London

The Man Upstairs is a collection of short stories by P. London. Most of the stories had previously appeared in magazines, generally Strand Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan or Collier's Weekly in the United States.

Man's power of endurance is limited. Towards the end of his narrative the lights went out, and he finishedhis story in the hotel courtyard. In the cool air he felt revived

Man's power of endurance is limited. At the end of the second week theoverwrought head appealed passionately for relief, and Owen was removedto the Postage Department, where, when he had leisure from answeringAudrey's telephone calls, he entered the addresses of letters in alarge book and took them to the post. He was supposed also to stampthem, but a man in love cannot think of everything, and he was apt attimes to overlook this formality. In the cool air he felt revived. Theoutlines of Mr Prosser became sharp and distinct again.

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Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Early short stories of Wodehouse Wodehouse went to school at Dulwich College, where he did well at cricket

Early short stories of Wodehouse. All follow the familiar patterns of the later works, but without quite the polish or the consistency  . Wodehouse went to school at Dulwich College, where he did well at cricket. At first he worked hard at his studies, but when he discovered that there would not be enough money to send him to university, his attention drifted. After leaving school, he worked briefly at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London. He had begun writing at the age of seven and so began contributing to numerous papers and magazines. Wodehouse had published his first book by 1902.

It distressed Annette to such an extent that now, if she went upstairs and heard Sellers' voice in the studio, she came down again without knocking

There were three distinct stages in the evolution of Annette Brougham's attitude towards the knocking in the room above. In the beginning it had been merely a vague discomfort. It distressed Annette to such an extent that now, if she went upstairs and heard Sellers' voice in the studio, she came down again without knocking. One afternoon, sitting in her room, she heard the telephone-bell ring. The telephone was on the stairs, just outside her door. She went out and took up the receiver.

For fans PG Wodehouse’s The Man upstairs and Other Stories is a prime chance to read early Wodehouse. For the non-fan these are very slight, light reads, humorous, occasionally laugh out loud short entertainments. Like all Wodehouse books these are fastidiously non-offensive, lacking anything impolite, irreligious or political. This is not to advocate them as bed time reading for the very young, the reader should have some knowledge of the world to grasp the humor. References can be dated.

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Comments (7)
Aver
I am a huge Wodehouse fan and I enjoyed this collection of his early short stores. I have to say, though, that if Wodehouse had continued writing stories like this, I doubt I would ever have heard of him or that this book would still be in print nearly 100 years after its first publication. The stories in this collection are mostly light romantic comedies set in New York, London, and Paris. A number of critics have observed that Wodehouse in his better known stores about Bertie Wooster and his butler, Jeeves, the Earl of Emsworth, the denizens of the Drones Club, and so on continued for decades to write about an England frozen in the pre-World War I Edwardian era. This collection was first published in 1914, so the stories actually take place during the Edwardian era. For the most part, however, they do not involve the doings of the upper classes, as most of his later stories did. Instead they are mainly about average men and women getting into various romantic predicaments.

Although these stores are amusing enough, for the most part they lack the inspired zaniness that characterized his later work. Only the next to last story, a fanciful satire of knights in the Middle Ages, has the kind of laugh-out-loud wackiness of Wodehouse's best work. Here and there, these stories exhibit the word play and inspired plotting of the Bertie and Jeeves stories, but for the most part they are only moderately amusing. I would hazard a guess that there were in those days probably other authors writing stories that were as good. Those stores are likely to be out of print, though, because their authors never rose to the heights that Wodehouse did in his best work.

So, if you have read most of Wodehouse's later (and better) work, you should give these stories a try. If you are new to Wodehouse, then I would very strongly suggest you start with one of the Bertie and Jeeves short story collections (or novels) and leave this book for later. Finally, I really like the job Overlook Press has done in publishing these new editions of Wodehouse's work. The books are nicely bound, handsomely produced, and quite suitable for multiple rereadings.
Knights from Bernin
I'd like to say this was a uniformly enjoyable collection of stories, but Wodehouse, at this point in his career, is, I think, a bit too erratic for that. Still there are gems, here and there, and fans may well appreciate the beginnings of styles that will later blossom.
Kekinos
I have liked Wodehouse since the first Jeeves story I read. Loved Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the videos. Some of his short stories are enough different to make me like them especially. But the last story in this collection was a shock. The rest were all pure Wodehouse. Light hearted, humorous but intelligent - that is Wodehouse. Wonder what the story behind that last story is.
Realistic
Great and easy humorous reading. Talented writer.
hardy
A typical collection of Wodehouse short stories - light, amusing, easy reading
black coffe
nice read
Cezel
I've been a big Wodehouse fan ever since I discovered him in my 20s. I used to think that only the Jeeves and Wooster material was really good, but I don't think that way any more. These stories are a ton of fun, and as always, quick, light reading.
Wodehouse is great just like his short stories!!!! :-)