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Kid Brady Stories and a Man of Means (Collector's Wodehouse)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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This volume reprints two of Wodehouse’s earliest story sequences, each linked by a central character, a technique he used many times thereafter. Delightful in themselves, they are interesting chiefly as windows on a great writer’s early evolution. In the Kid Brady Stories, which bring together two early themes - boxing and the Englishman making his way in New York – we find Wodehouse learning how to present a hero who is at once touching, impressive and comic.
In A Man of Means, he looks forward to Bertie Wooster and Ukridge, but also back to his Victorian models, in a fantastic tale of the little man struggling with fate. When a humble clerk comes into a fortune, he embarks on a series of misadventures which suggest that wealth is not necessarily an unmixed blessing. Here we see signs of the satirical writer Wodehouse might have
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A next collection of Wodehouse tales in the series launched to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death includes the English comic writer's stories of Wyoming boxer Kid Brady and the financially challenged Roland Bleke.

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