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A Man of Means 


A Man of 
Means 


P G. 
Wodehouse 


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A Man of Means 
By P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) & C. H. Bovill 


A Man of Means is a collection of six short stories written in collaboration by P. G. 
Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill. The stories all feature Roland Bleke, a nondescript young 
man to whom financial success comes through a series of “lucky” chances, the first 
from a win in a sweepstake he had forgotten entering. Roland, like many a timid 
young man seeks love and marriage. In this pursuit his wealth is regularly a mixed 
blessing. The plot of each story follows its predecessor, sometimes directly, and 
occasionally refer back to past events in Bleke’s meteoric career. The writing style is 
crisp and droll, and shows much of the skill and polish of the later Wodehouse. The 
disasters that befall the hapless Bleke are entertainingly recounted and his unforeseen 
rescues surprise and delight. In the character of the butler, Mr Teal, we meet an early 
draft of the ingenious Jeeves. The stories first appeared in the United Kingdom in The 
Strand in 1914, and in the United States in Pictorial Review in 1916. They were later 
published in book form in the UK by Porpoise Books in 1991; the collection was 
released on Project Gutenberg in 2003. (Summary by Wikipedia adapted by Tim 
Bulkeley) 


Read by Tim Bulkeley; total running time: 02:58:40. 


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Cover image by Auguste Racinet (d. 1893). Copyright expired in US, Canada, EU, and all 
countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws. Cover design by Janette Brown. This design 
is in the public domain. 


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