Of the novels written by P G Wodehouse, the vast majority were
serialised in magazines, some appearing in a single issue. The nature of
the serialisation changed with time. The early novels were serialised in
almost identical form to the published book, but from the mid-1930s
there was an increasing tendency for the magazine serialisation to be a
condensed version of the novel. In some cases, the condensed version was
Attention is drawn in particular to the following titles:
The Prince and Betty, which in both the UK and US magazine
appearances, was based on the UK rather than the very different US book
version of the text.
The Eighteen Carat Kid, which in serial form consisted only
of the adventure aspects of The Little Nugget, the love interest
being added to ‘flesh out’ the book.
Something New, which contained a substantial scene from The
Lost Lambs (the second half of Mike) which was included in
the American book but not Something Fresh, the UK equivalent.
Leave It To Psmith, the magazine ending of which in both the
US and the UK was rewritten for book publication in both countries.
Laughing Gas, which started life as a serial of novelette
length, and was rewritten for book publication to mor ethan double its
The Luck of the Bodkins, which after being rejected by the Saturday
Evening Post for a wholly unrelated reason, was rewritten some
25,000 words shorter. The original version appeared as the UK book; the
rewritten version was published in the US.
Uncle Fred in the Springtime, at the request of the Editor of
the Saturday Evening Post, the original version was reduced in
complexity by the exclusion of two important characters before magazine
publication. The original version appeared in book form in both UK and
Many other serialisations differed from book texts in relatively
minor. The novels listed above are considered to be the ones in which aficionados
would be most interested.
It is most probable that some serialisations, especially in Canadian
or provincial US magazines, have been inadvertently omitted. Information
as to such matters would be most welcome. Readers should note that no
attempt has been made to list serialisation outside the UK, the US and