The six Blandings stories that make the first half of this book were, with
one exception, published in magazines before the publication of Summer
Lightning (1929). The Custody of the Pumpkin appeared in 1924, Lord
Emsworth Acts for the Best in 1926, Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey! in 1927, Company
for Gertrude and Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend in 1928. The
Go-Getter first appeared in 1931. Not that this strict chronology matters
much. But 'The Custody of the Pumpkin' shows Lord Emsworth, in Wodehouse's
words, 'passing through the brief pumpldn phase which preceded the more
lasting pig seizure'. And, until (between 'Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey!' and 'Company
for Gertrude') Sir Gregory Parsloe basely lured - with a higher salary -
the gifted pig-man Wellbeloved away from the castle sties to tend his
Matchingham competitors, Sir Gregory was a friendly fellow-J.P. of Lord
Emsworth's, and dined at the castle. In Summer Lightning Sir Gregory starts
as an enemy and is prime suspect in the disappearance of the Empress.
The other half of Blandings Castle contains one Bobbie Wickham story, told
straight, not by Mr Mulliner (an uncle of hers) or by Bertie Wooster (an
admirer, once ardent). In fact this Bobbie Wickham story, Mr Potter Takes
a Rest Cure, is more than a little reminiscent of' 'Saki'. The last five
stories here are told by Mr Mulliner in the bar parlour of the Anglers'
Rest, but they are all about Hollywood.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.