Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Google eBook)

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 7, 2010 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Affectionately combining both the idyllic and ironic, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is Stephen Leacock’s most beloved book. Set in fictional Mariposa, an Ontario town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti, these sketches present a remarkable range of characters: some irritating, some exasperating, some foolhardy, but all endearing. Painted with the skilful brushstrokes of a great comic artist, the delightful inhabitants of Mariposa represent the people of small towns everywhere.

As fresh, funny, and insightful today as when it was first published in 1912, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is Stephen Leacock at his best – colourful, imaginative, and thoroughly entertaining.

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Review: Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Going through some papers, and found some scraps worth sharing before they hit the recycle bin. The first are some notes I took in the summer of 2005 when I was contemplating a return to school. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zheng Tao - Goodreads

This is now one of my favourite non-depressing/uplifting pieces of literature! Leacock's satire is remarkable because it completely ridicules the people in it, but at the same time, it does so with ... Read full review


Preface vn I The Hostelry of Mr Smith
The Speculations ofjefferson Thorpe
The Marine Excursion of the Knights of Pythias
The Ministrations of the Rev Mr Drone
The Xhirlwind Campaign in Mariposa
The Beacon on the Hill
The Extraordinary Entanglement of Mr Pupkin
The Foreordained Attachment of Zena Pepperleigh and Peter Pupkin
The Mariposa Bank Mystery
The Great Election in Missinaba County
LEnvoi The Train to Mariposa

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Stephen Leacock was born in Swanmore, Hampshire, England, in 1869. His family emigrated to Canada in 1876 and settled on a farm north of Toronto. Educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, Leacock pursued graduate studies in economics at the University of Chicago, where he studied under Thorstein Veblen.

Even before he completed his doctorate, Leacock accepted a position as sessional lecturer in political science and economics at McGill University. When he received his Ph.D. in 1903, he was appointed to the position of lecturer. From 1908 until his retirement in 1936, he chaired the Department of Political Science and Economics.

Leacock’s most profitable book was his textbook, Elements of Political Science, which was translated into seventeen languages. The author of nineteen books and countless articles on economics, history, and political science, Leacock turned to the writing of humour as his beloved avocation. His first collection of comic stories, Literary Lapses, appeared in 1910, and from that time until his death he published a volume of humour almost every year.

Leacock also wrote popular biographies of his two favourite writers, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. At the time of his death, he left four completed chapters of what was to have been his autobiography. These were published posthumously under the title The Boy I Left Behind Me.

Stephen Leacock died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1944.

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