Howsabout these, based mostly on their titles? (I edited the catalog blurbs to focus on the men in the stories.)
The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere, https://librivox.org/the-bourgeois-gentleman-by-moliere/
A comic play in which a middle-class social climber is assured that by learning all the arts of being a true and noble gentleman, he shall truly become one.
The Double Life Of Mr. Alfred Burton by E. Philips Oppenheim, https://librivox.org/the-double-life-of-mr-alfred-burton-by-e-phillips-oppenheim/
Alfred Burton, a smooth-talking salesman, is having a perfectly ordinary day on the job when he stumbles across a strange plant in an old house. What he doesn't realize is that the fruit of the plant, when eaten, will change not merely the entire course of his life, but in fact his very self
The Good-Natured Man by Oliver Goldsmith, https://librivox.org/the-good-natured-man-by-oliver-goldsmith/
This is the comedic story of misguided philanthropy, mistaken identity, and secret romance. Will Honeywell, The Good-Natured Man, see through the lies and trickery surrounding his generosity?
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, https://librivox.org/little-men-3-by-louisa-may-alcott/
Jo March's dreams of opening a home for boys comes true as she finds herself the mistress of Plumfield, a boarding school for children -- who have all stumbled in from various backgrounds. When new students arrive at her doorstep, they bring their own sets of troubles with them, such as dishonesty, disobedience, and naughty shenanigans. However, Mrs. Jo, alongside her steady husband, Fritz, uniquely guides each child along to the path to adulthood, inspiring him to become the best he can be.
The Pirates of Penzance by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, https://librivox.org/the-pirates-of-penzance-by-william-s-gilbert-and-sir-arthur-sullivan/
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years.
The Strange Gentleman by Charles Dickens, https://librivox.org/the-strange-gentleman-by-charles-dickens/
Before he became a novelist, Dickens wrote several successful plays. This one from 1836, his first, he called, “A Comic Burletta in Two Acts”. Characters arrive at a village inn called “The St. James Arms” and much confusion ensues.