Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson

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Post by ChuckW » February 9th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Here's another one I'm surprised isn't already in the catalogue. Most people know of Ruggles of Red Gap because of the near-transcendent Leo McCarey film from 1935... but the book is also definitely worth checking out:
A humorous adventure about a British valet out of his element in a small Western town in the USA. Ruggles becomes the servant of an American couple after his employer uses him as a stake in a poker game. He travels to the West and is mistakenly identified as a wealthy Brit. He becomes a small town celebrity with many humorous twists in the plot.

Ruggles of Red Gap was initially serialized beginning December 26, 1914 in The Saturday Evening Post and became a best selling novel in 1915, adapted for the Broadway stage as a musical the same year and made into a film several times, most famously in 1935 starring Charles Laughton.
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