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Stephen Leacock (1869–1944)

Author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

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Born in Swanmore, England, Stephen Leacock was one of 11 children of an unsuccessful farmer and an ambitious mother, a woman to whom Leacock no doubt owed his energetic and status-conscious nature. In 1891, while teaching at the prestigious Upper Canada College in Toronto, Leacock obtained a modern show more language degree from the University of Toronto. In 1903, after receiving a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Chicago, he joined the staff of McGill University, Montreal, as professor of politics and economics. Leacock's career as a humorist began when he had some comic pieces published as Literary Lapses in 1910. This successful book was followed by two more books of comic sketches, Nonsense Novels (1911) and Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), which is now considered his best book. Leacock continued this frantic literary output for the remainder of his career, producing more than 30 books of humor as well as biographies and social commentaries. The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour was established after his death to honor annually an outstanding Canadian humorist. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Stephen Leacock

Literary Lapses (1900) 260 copies
Nonsense Novels (1900) 200 copies
Frenzied Fiction (1917) 73 copies
My Discovery of England (1922) 73 copies
Laugh with Leacock (1720) 72 copies
My Remarkable Uncle (1965) 62 copies
The Penguin Stephen Leacock (1981) 45 copies
Behind the Beyond (1913) 40 copies
Last Leaves (1945) 30 copies
Short circuits (1928) 26 copies
Winnowed Wisdom (1926) 23 copies
Feast of Stephen (1974) 22 copies
Leacock Roundabout (1946) 21 copies
The Bodley Head Leacock (1957) 16 copies
The Garden of Folly (1924) 16 copies
Happy Stories (1943) 16 copies
How to Write (1943) 12 copies
Essays and Literary Studies (1921) 10 copies
The Best of Leacock (1957) 10 copies
Canada's War at Sea (1944) 9 copies
Afternoons in Utopia (1932) 9 copies
Mark Twain (1932) 8 copies
The Boy I Left Behind Me (1946) 8 copies
The Man In Asbestos (1911) 7 copies
Leacock's Montreal (1963) 7 copies
College Days (1923) 5 copies
A kék Edward (1987) 5 copies
The Pursuit Of Knowledge (1934) 4 copies
Gertrude the Governess (2011) 3 copies
Here Are My Lectures (1938) 3 copies
Model Memoirs (1938) 3 copies
Volání karburátoru (2005) 2 copies
Lessons from Leacock (2000) 2 copies
Our Heritage of Liberty (1942) 2 copies
Humoreszkek 1 copy
Un été a Mariposa (1986) 1 copy
Ivir Zivir Öyküler (2021) 1 copy
Wet Wit & Dry Humour (1931) 1 copy
Pochybné podniky (1995) 1 copy
Great Occasions (1941) 1 copy
Un grain de sel-- (1985) 1 copy
PUKINSORKKA 1 copy
Leacock-à-l'âne (1992) 1 copy
Merry Christmas (1917) 1 copy
THE IMAGE OF AMERICA (1960) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 503 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 290 copies
Detective Stories (1998) — Contributor — 268 copies
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (1993) — Contributor — 207 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 137 copies
Read With Me (1965) — Contributor — 129 copies
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Contributor — 126 copies
The World of Mathematics, Volume 4 (1956) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (1989) — Contributor — 89 copies
British and American Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 74 copies
Desert Island Decameron (1945) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Canadian Children's Treasury (1994) — Contributor — 56 copies
Great Canadian Short Stories (1971) — Contributor — 53 copies
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contributor — 53 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 51 copies
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Contributor, some editions — 45 copies
Canadian Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 44 copies
A Century of Humour (1934) — Contributor — 42 copies
Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic (1939) — Introduction — 37 copies
Essays Old and New (1934) 35 copies
A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories (2006) — Contributor — 29 copies
A Book of Essays (1963) — Contributor — 26 copies
Chills and Thrills: Tales of Terror and Enchantment (2001) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 19 copies
Chucklebait (1945) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Second Century of Detective Stories (1938) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
World's Great Humorous Stories (1944) — Contributor — 9 copies
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Contributor — 8 copies
All Sails Set (1948) — Contributor — 8 copies
Focus (1970) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
15 Stories: An Anthology for Secondary Schools (1960) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Detective in Fiction: A Posse of Eight — Contributor — 2 copies
Spionhistorier fra hele verden — Contributor — 2 copies
Strictly on the Funny Side (1944) — Contributor — 2 copies

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BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a delightful read by Stephen Leacock.

I had to read this for a Canadian Literature class, and my gosh is it such a gem! It's one of those historical books I had never even heard of, yet it is such a staple for Canadian culture. Hilarity and hypocrisy ensues in this book, and it's just overall amazing. I'm truly impressed and want to pick up more by this comedic genius.

This collection of stories follows the city of Mariposa and its wacky and unusual residents. Politics, romance and business all intertwine and make this book one joyful ride.

There's lots of sarcasm, irony and satire hidden among this book. The descriptions of Mariposa also prove to be stunning beautiful and absolutely hilarious. Yes, indeed if you have seen one Canadian city, you have seen them all!

If you're looking for a little satire with a lot of Canadian wit and culture among it, grab this book. It's also a very positive book, shockingly. It doesn't make you feel negative or disgusted at the town of Mariposa. It's a book you're going to chuckle at. Enjoy the positivity - we need it during times like these.

Five out of five stars.
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Briars_Reviews | 11 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
A collection of short pieces Contents: The Secrets of Success; The Human Mind Up to Date; The Human Body: Its Care and Prevention; The Perfect Salesman; Romances of Business; The Perfect Lover's Guide; The Progress of Human Knowledge; Glimpses of the Future in America; My Unposted Correspondence; Letters to the New Rulers of the World. This collection does not contain any of Leacock's classics, but is an enjoyable read, and a reminder that this Canadian was the English speaking world's favourite humourist in the 1920's.… (more)
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DinadansFriend | Feb 21, 2023 |
This was Stephen Leacock’s last collection of essays, published posthumously with an introduction by his niece. It was easily my least favourite of his books so far. I was not impressed by the first essay, “Are Witty Women Attractive to Men?” (Spoiler alert: he does not think so.) Unfortunately, one cannot come to Stephen Leacock for nuanced discussion of gender roles. The introduction to this collection claims that he did think women should be paid properly for raising children and running the household, but he was less keen on women breaking the traditional gender roles. So that was a miss. I also, as a 21st-century reader, did not appreciate the essay about the British empire, especially when it talked about western Canada being “empty” until 1870. NO IT WASN’T, THERE WERE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE THERE FIRST!!! For me, Leacock is at his best when riffing on or parodying fiction, such as the essay “Living with Murder”, where Leacock obsessively times every little aspect of a dinner with a friend in case the friend is murdered and Leacock has to make an account of his whereabouts.

If you’re interested in Leacock’s work, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is absolutely the way to go. Last Leaves can be left on the shelf.
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