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Stephen Leacock - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Stephen Leacock

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Stephen Leacock, essayist and humorist; Canadian Literature
Stephen Leacock   (1869 - 1944)
 
Category:  English, Canadian Literature
 
Born:  December 30, 1869
Swanmoor, Hampshire, England
 
Died:  March 28, 1944
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
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Mark Twain
 
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Stephen Leacock - LIFE STORIES
 
 
12/30/1869     Classic, Kindly Leacock
On this day in 1869 the Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock was born. Twenty-five of Leacock's forty-odd books are in his comic mode, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Arcadian Adventures of the Idle Rich being most well-known, but all exemplifying his belief that "the humour of the highest culture, the humour of the future," is born of "kindliness" and "wide charity of mind."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Arcadian Adventures of the Idle Rich
non-fiction
 
Hellements of Hickonomics
non-fiction
 
Leacock on Life
by Stephen Leacock, Gerald Lynch (Editor)
essays
 
Literary Lapses
short stories
 
My Discovery of England
non-fiction
 
My Financial Career and Other Follies
short stories
 
Social Criticism: The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice and Other Essays
by Stephen Leacock, Alan Bowker (Editor)
essays
 
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
non-fiction
 
The Gathering Financial Crisis in Canada
non-fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY STEPHEN LEACOCK AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Stephen Leacock: A Reappraisal
by David Staines
criticism and analysis
 
Stephen Leacock: His Remarkable Life
by Theresa Moritz, A. F. Leacock Moritz
biography
 
Stephen Leacock: Humour and Humanity
by Gerald Lynch
criticism and analysis
 
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National Library of Canada
The NLC presents an online exhibit titled "Stephen Leacock: Humorist and Educator," featuring a chronological timeline of events in the writer's life, a biography, bibliography, and commentary on works including Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, The Boy I Left Behind Me, Humour and Humanity: An Introduction to the Study of Humour, and Literary Lapses. Also offers selected quotations on Leacock from Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Northrop Frye, Gerald Lynch, and others. This website is also available in French. Highly recommended.

"God bless Stephen Leacock. I write that from the heart. With his stories and his books, his people and his insights, he has left a legacy for everyone who reads and-I must add-for everyone who writes. It well may be, indeed, that Stephen Butler Leacock is the grandfather of us all."
-- Timothy Findley
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts of works including:

  • Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

  • The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada

  • Literary Lapses

  • Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy

  • Nonsense Novels

  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
  • Review: A Bibliography of Stephen Leacock
    Find a review of Carl Spadoni's A Bibliography of Stephen Leacock from the Winter 1999/2000 edition of the University of Toronto Quarterly. The review includes the writer's own views on the "possible barriers to canonization" which have prevented Leacock from achieving greater recognition.

    "Spadoni hopes to benefit book collectors, antiquarian dealers, librarians, editors, and, above all, `the scholar and reader who wishes to examine, enjoy, and discover Leacock's work.' He particularly foresees new editions of Leacock. I wonder whether even such an impressive work as this is going to spark a renaissance for Leacock. ... Leacock wrote for a popular audience, which makes him suspect among scholars; for an international English-speaking audience, which makes him suspect among Canadian nationalists; and in a medium, the humorous essay, not held in the same high esteem as other prose forms. I hope I'm wrong, and that this bibliography triggers the vigorous re-evaluation Leacock deserves despite current attitudes that block many from serious consideration of his work."
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