Stories, verse, and items from Punch (UK)

 

We are proud to present all the contributions of P. G. Wodehouse to Punch in the years 1902–1914,* and to clear up a few previous misattributions, as noted below in parentheses. The items here have been re-examined in November 2013 against page images of the original magazines, and care has been taken to reproduce the original layout as closely as practicable. Items with annotations are flagged with the symbol ✎ below. No doubt some errors remain, and we will be glad to hear about any that you discover. Enjoy this trove of humor!

 

An Unfinished Collection (story) — September 17, 1902

A Fable (story) — October 8, 1902

✎ Under M.V.C. Rules — October 8, 1902

The Final Test (story) — October 15, 1902

✎ ’Tis Folly to Be Wise (verse) — October 29, 1902

✎ The Collector (story) — Punch’s Almanack for 1903 (published December 1902)

✎ The Lotus Eaters (verse) — December 17, 1902

The Gourmet’s Love Song (verse) — December 24, 1902

✎ To William (whom we have missed) (verse) — December 31, 1902

Food for the Mind (story) — January 14, 1903

✎ Vale! (verse) — January 21, 1903

The New System (story) — January 28, 1903

Avenged! (verse and story) — February 11, 1903

✎ Crime and the Eyesight (story) — February 25, 1903

✎ De Senectute (paragraph) — February 25, 1903

✎ The Lost Leader (verse) — March 4, 1903

✎ A Long-felt Want (paragraph) — March 4, 1903

Caution (verse) — March 11, 1903

✎ Three paragraphs by Wodehouse (and four by others) — March 11, 1903

The Last Instance — (story) April 1, 1903

✎ Serious Charge against a Child (paragraph, newly discovered) — April 1, 1903

A Pastoral (verse) — April 8, 1903

A War Office Enquiry (verse) — April 15, 1903

The Parting Guest (paragraph, newly discovered) — April 15, 1903

A Forthcoming Society Drama — April 22, 1903

Damon and Pythias (verse) — April 22, 1903

✎ The M. P. Militant (paragraph) — April 29, 1903

✎ Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter: I (story) — April 29, 1903

✎ Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter: II (story) — May 6, 1903

✎ Back to His Native Strand (verse) — May 27, 1903

The Servant Problem (story and verse) — June 3, 1903

✎ Our Magistrates (story) — June 10, 1903

✎ For One Night Only (verse) — June 10, 1903

The Haunted Tram (verse) — June 17, 1903

✎ The Next Invasion (parody summary of invasion stories) — June 17, 1903

After the Otter (story) — June 24, 1903

✎ The Song-Spotter (verse) — July 8, 1903

✎ Actor James (verse) — July 29, 1903

✎ Shattered Dreams (verse) — July 29, 1903

✎ Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: I. The Ghost’s Point of View (story) — August 5, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: II. The Ghost with Social Tastes (story) — August 12, 1903

Consequences (story) — August 19, 1903

La Belle Dame Sans Merci (verse) — August 19, 1903

✎ Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: III. A Ghostly Cause Célèbre (story)— August 26, 1903

✎ Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: IV. An Official Muddle (story) — September 2, 1903

My Cricket Drama (playlet) — September 2, 1903

The Infant in Arms (verse) — September 9, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: V. The Baffled Banshee (story) — September 16, 1903

✎ Our Boys (narrative) — September 16, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: VI. A Technical Error (story) — September 23, 1903

The Prodigal (story) — September 23, 1903

✎ The Cricketer in Winter (verse) — September 30, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: VII. A Joke and a Sequel (story) — October 7, 1903

✎ Our Boys—II. (story)— October 21, 1903

Our Boys—III. (story fragment in “book review”) — October 28, 1903

✎ The Future Atkins (verse) — October 21, 1903

A Plea for Extending the Zoo — November 18, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: VIII. The Reformed Humourist (story) — November 18, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: IX. A Spectral Job (story) — November 25, 1903

Mixed Hockey (verse) — December 2, 1903

The Happy Marriage (verse) — December 9, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: X. The Return of the Prodigal (story) — December 30, 1903

✎ The Reformed Set (story) — December 30, 1903

Mr. Punch’s Spectral Analyses: XI. The Thin End of the Wedge (story) — January 20, 1904

Balm for the Broken-hearted — February 24, 1904

✎ Man’s Inhumanity to Boy (narrative) — April 13, 1904

✎ Proverbial Fables (story) — July 20, 1904

The Danger of Being in the Public Eye — July 27, 1904

✎ To an Amazon (verse) — August 17, 1904

✎ Society Whispers from the States — August 24, 1904

Revival of Native Grand Opera: I. My Medical Opera (libretto) — August 31, 1904

✎ A Shattered Illusion (verse) — September 7, 1904

Revival of Native Grand Opera: II. My Draper’s Opera (libretto) — September 7, 1904

Revival of Native Grand Opera: My Draper’s Opera: Act Two (libretto) — September 14, 1904

The Polite Pilferer — September 28, 1904

✎ Every Prodigy His Own Publisher — October 19, 1904

✎ Local Colour — November 2, 1904

✎ Our Cricketing Sybarites — May 31, 1905

✎ The First Paying Guest (story) — June 14, 1905

The Force of Impulse in Sport — June 21, 1905

✎ The Milk of Kindness Supply — July 12, 1905

✎ The Hero and His Price (story) — July 19, 1905

Our Boys Again (story) — March 28, 1906

A Novelist’s Day (narrative) — May 30, 1906

✎ For the Smart Set Only — September 26, 1906

✎ Stage Actualities — October 3, 1906

✎ Our Military Critic Speaks (verse) — October 17, 1906

The Cooks and the Gaiety Broth — October 17, 1906

✎ The Soap King’s Daughter (drama and verse) — November 7, 1906

✎ The Book-Hawkers — December 12, 1906

The Social Reformers (story) — January 16, 1907

Chatty Methods on the Bench (story) — March 20, 1907

✎ Barrack-room Ballads (story) — April 3, 1907

The Americanisation of London (playlet) — June 12, 1907

Curiosities of Cricket — June 25, 1907

✎ London Street Noises — July 17, 1907

Charivaria — February 12, 1913

Charivaria — February 19, 1913

Charivaria — February 26, 1913

Charivaria — March 5, 1913

Charivaria — March 19, 1913

Charivaria — March 26, 1913

Charivaria — April 2, 1913

✎ Mr. Punch’s Football Experts — October 29, 1913

✎ Misunderstood (story) — January 7, 1914

Egbert, Bull-frog (story) — April 1, 1914

✎ The Sluggard (story) — April 22, 1914

 

Items not by Wodehouse:

✎ Fashion’s Phases (verse by C. A. Woodhouse, not PGW) — August 2, 1905

✎ The Daring Damsel (verse by Laurence Wood, not PGW) — December 6, 1905

□ Review (unsigned) of The Man Upstairs (image, opens in new tab or window) — February 25, 1914

✎ To an Unknown Colleague (verse by PGW’s brother Ernest Armine Wodehouse) — January 1, 1919

 

* After 1914, Wodehouse’s next work for Punch was published in 1930. Works published from 1923 on are still in copyright in the USA and cannot be collected here.