Stephen Leacock (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 31, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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In 1912, Stephen Leacock’s comic masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town made him an international star overnight. He was published in magazines and newspapers across Canada and in New York and London. Charlie Chaplin asked him for a screenplay; a young F. Scott Fitzgerald expressed his admiration. Eminent historian Margaret MacMillan argues that, while much of what Leacock satirized in small-town Canada has disappeared, his humour endures. His skewering of pretension and his self-deprecating wit entertained thousands during his heyday, even as it defined a quintessentially Canadian stance. But Leacock, MacMillan points out, was also a public intellectual, engaged with questions about government, war, and a just society. Writing with her usual brio, MacMillan has created a wonderfully insightful and affectionate portrait of a man who mattered.

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Introduction by John Ralston Saul
The Makingofan English Gentlemanin Canada
Riding Madly Off in All Direction
Humour Is aSerious Business
Public Intellectual
Life between Two Wars
The Melancholy Twilight

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About the author (2009)

Margaret MacMillan is the author of Women of the Raj and the bestselling Paris 1919, which won the 2003 Governor General's Award and several prestigious international prizes. She is the provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. In 2007, she will become the warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

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