Extraordinary Canadians:Stephen Leacock

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Penguin Canada, Mar 31, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
Stephen Leacock's satiric masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town captures "the Empire forever" mentality that marked Anglo-Canadian life in the early decades of the twentieth century. Historian Margaret Macmillan—whose books Women of the Raj and Paris 1919 cast fresh light on the colonial legacy—has great affection for Leacock's gentle wit and sharp-eyed insight. The renowned historian examines Leacock's life as a poor but ambitious student who rose to become an economist, celebrated academic, and, most importantly, the beloved humorist who taught Canadians to laugh at themselves.

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CONTENTS Introduction by John Ralston Saul
Who Was Stephen Leacock and Why Should We Care?
The Making of an English Gentleman in Canada
Escaping into Adulthood
Riding Madly Off in All Direction
Humour Is a Serious Business
The Eccentric Professor
The Public Intellectual
Life between Two Wars
The Melancholy Twilight
Why Leacock Matters

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MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.

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