P.G. Wodehouse in Google Books



Google Books provides PDF for many books and magazines that were published before 1923 and are thus in the public domain in the U.S.  Unfortunately, most of these apparently can’t be viewed in other countries, presumably for copyright reasons. 


This web page provides links to some periodicals that are available (at least in the US) containing Wodehouse stories and articles, some of which have not been collected in book form (for example, this from The Bookman).  This is not intended to be a complete list; I shall probably add to it later.  Many of Wodehouse’s early novels are also available in PDF here, but I have not attempted to list them; try an “author” search.”


When you access pages, click on “Download PDF” for a printable version.  If you don’t see a “Download PDF” option, then there is probably a copyright problem where you live.  Feel free, however, to e-mail me at arobinson@lagrange.edu if you want me to scan and e-mail a particular item to you.  I have already scanned the “Personal Details” article, so just e-mail me if you want a copy.


Please let me know if any errors you find, or suggestions for additions or improvements.


If you’re not already familiar with the Madame Eulalie site, which provides text for many hard-to-find early Wodehouse items, I urge you to check it out.  For text (though not PDF) of pre-1923 Wodehouse books (including The Gem Collector and other stories not published in book forms, you can do an “author” search in Project Gutenberg.



The Bookman

"Personal Details." The Bookman, vol. 50, Jan. 1920, pp. 407-411



The Century

Bill the Bloodhound.” The Century, vol. 89, 1915, pp. 613-623




volume 48 (1910)

“The Matrimonial Sweepstakes.”  Cosmopolitan 48.3 (Feb. 1910), pp. 282-291

"The Man Upstairs" Cosmopolitan 48.4 (March 1910) 424-432.


                volume 49 (1910)

                “The Man, the Maid, and the Miasma.”  49.1 (June 1910) 51-59. 

                “Rough-hew Them How We Will.” 49.3 (Aug. 1910) 303-310.


                Note:  By 1920, Cosmopolitan was no longer using consecutive pagination, so for stories from 1920-1922, I am providing not the pages numbers of the actual magazine, but the page numbers for the PDF.  Thus, for volume 69, download the PDF (which has 1100 pages for the six issues from July 1920 to December 1920), then type the page numbers given into the “page” box (e.g., page 72 for the beginning of the first story, “Dear Old Squiffy,” page 258 for the second story, “Doing Father a Bit of Good”).  The page numbers given should also make it easier to print stories.


                volume 69 (1920)

Pages 72-77, 132 (of 1100-page PDF, pages 65ff of the July issue)

pp. 258-263, 353, 355

pp. 434-439,511,513

pp. 594-599,645,647

pp. 816-821,823,825

pp. 964-969,1007,1009,1013


                volume 70 (1921)

pp. 88-93

pp. 226-231


                volume 71 (1921)

pp. 783ff. (pages poorly scanned, story incomplete), 847-851


                volume 72 (1922)

pp. 360-364,381

pp. 506-510,535

pp. 666-670,677,679

pp. 826-830,843,845,847


                volume 73 (1922)

pp. 111-115,166-168

pp. 267-271,319-320

pp. 425-429,467-469

pp. 593-597,658-659

pp. 759-763,788,790

                [pp. 908-910,926-928 – again, story poorly scanned, incomplete]


Hampton’s Magazine

            The Watch Dog,” vol. 25 (1910), pp. 47-56




                vol. 43 (1914)

                “Brother Fans,” August 1914, pp. 54-61 (= “One Touch of Nature”)

“A Sea of Troubles,” Sep. 1914, pp. 87-95

“Creatures of Impulse,” Oct. 1914, pp. 48-55


                vol. 53 (1921)

                “The Coming of Gowf,” June/July 1921


                vol. 54 (1922)

                “The Long Hole,” March 1922, pp. 59ff


Munsey’s Magazine

                “The Great White Hope,” vol. 51, May 1914, pp. 803-927


Pearson’s Magazine


                vol. 14 (1905)

                “Kid Brady – Light-Weight.”  September 1905, pp. 235-241


                vol. 16 (1906)

                “How Kid Brady Fought for His Eyes,” July 1906, pp. 65-70


                vol. 17 (1907)

                “How Kid Brady Took a Sea Voyage,” March 1907, pp. 318-324


Strand Magazine


                vol. 30 (1905)

“The Wire Pullers,” July 1905, pp. 29-34

“The Lost Bowlers,” September 1905, pp. 298-303


                vol. 31 (1906)

                “Petticoat Influence,” March1906, pp. 207-214


Vanity Fair (US)


                vol. 19 (1922-1923)

                Drawbacks of the Drama in England,” Dec. 1922, p. 62

                Should Ocean Liners Be Abolished?” Jan. 1923, p. 37


Windsor Magazine


                vol. 17 (1903)

                “Cupid and the Paint-brush,” April 1903, pp. 687-690


                vol. 24

                “A Benefit Match,” Aug. 1906, pp. 330-336


                vol. 25

                “The Fifteenth Man,” Dec. 1906, pp. 169-176


                vol. 28 (1908)

                “Ladies and Gentlemen v. Players,” August 1908, pp. 275-281

                “The Guardian,” Oct. 1908, pp.  462-470 (warning:  nudity on p. 467)



I suspect there are many more.  I urge you to go and search for yourselves.   (I know there are some from Punch, which I haven’t bothered to list.)




Prepared by Arthur Robinson; last updated 7 June 2010