UK Title: The Clicking of Cuthbert|
First published in UK: February 3 1922 by Herbert Jenkins, London
US Title: Golf Without Tears
First published in US: May 28 1924 by George H. Doran, New York
Golf, like measles, should be caught young...
These stories are linked by a common narrator, and all concern themselves with love-specifically, the gaining or losing of love via the infuriating game of golf. Mr. Cuthbert Banks, who recently won the French Open, can't get his beloved Adeline to so much as look his way, as she is a literary type, more smitten with the local bad author. But when a famous Russian novelist comes to lecture the literary society, and wants nothing to do with Adeline's bad author, but heaps praise upon the golfer Cuthbert, Adeline's heart warms to him, and all is right in the world.
One golfer loses his fiance when he take up golf late in life and just can't stop thinking about the game-on the eve of his wedding. The fiance, needless to say, is glad to leave him to his golf. One golfing woman attempts to kill (with her niblick) her golfing husband, who just won't stop talking during the game. (He survives, and is cured of his garrulousness.) Other loves succeed or fail, steered by the vagaries of that tiny little white ball.
These stories will amuse and gladden all golfers, and also will entertain those unfortunate enough to have fallen in love with a golfer.
Nine stories of golf told by the Oldest Member, and one Christmas Number
fantasy, The Coming of Gowf. Reverent mockery of the game and its
votaries in the days when the clubs had proper names - baffy, cleek, mashie
and so on. There is generally a pretty girl to play for. In the story that
gives the collection its title Vladimir Brusiloff, the great Russian
writer, turns out to be, behind the beard, handicap 18 at Nijni Novgorod
and as mad keen a golfer as Cuthbert Banks who had won the French Open and
often played with Abe Mitchell.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.