Leacock on Life

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University of Toronto Press, 2002 - Humor - 209 pages
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Canadian cultural icon Stephen Leacock was as wise and witty as he was prolific, and as sharp as he was humane. A professor of political economy, author, and social critic, Leacock has long been considered Canada's foremost humourist and social satirist. He was at his best in observational humour but excelled as well in the unforgettable aphorism and the pointed riposte. Leacock's views on life provide a uniquely Canadian take on the world, an ironic perspective which continues to delight and instruct readers around the globe.

Introduced and compiled by scholar and writer Gerald Lynch, with material gleaned from the approximately sixty books of fiction and non-fiction Leacock published, Leacock on Life is an anthology of Leacock's wit and wisdom, beginning with his memorable preface to Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and ending with his bitter-sweet essay, 'Three Score and Ten.' With selections classified under forty-five headings and a reference key sourcing all quotations, this collection makes widely available Leacock's views on such subjects as: Canadian politics, love, education, economics, humour, technology, business, America, and writing, among many others. Leacock had opinions on every subject, and they are as humorous, provocative, and relevant today as when first articulated.

 

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did not have the story of the Mosquito which is the only story i needed. Only the first couple sentances were provided...

Contents

HIS LIFE
3
AMERICA
13
AUDIENCES
15
BUSINESS
22
CANADA
30
CANAM RELATIONS
34
CANADIAN CITIES
38
CANADIAN POLITICS
43
OTHER WRITERS
123
PARODY
131
POLITICS
136
THE PRESS
142
PROFESSORS
145
PROGRESS
148
RELIGION AND MORALITY
151
ROYALTY
159

CANADIAN PROVINCES
46
CRITICS
49
DREAMERS
52
ECONOMICS
53
EDUCATION
58
FAMILY
72
FOOD AND DRINK
74
HISTORY
77
HUMOUR
80
LOVE
88
LUCK
91
MARIPOSA
92
MODERN LIFE
100
NONSENSE
104
OTHER NATIONS
115
SCIENCE
160
SELFDEVELOPMENT
162
SOCIAL JUSTICE
165
SPECIALIZATION
167
SPIRITUALISM
169
SPORTING
171
THINKING
175
TRAVEL
177
TRUTH
179
THE WELLTODO
184
WOMEN
188
WORK
191
WRITING
194
THE ENO
199
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About the author (2002)

Gerald Lynch is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa. He has published numerous books and essays on Canadian literary subjects, including The One and the Many: English Canadian Short Story Cycles (UTP 2001).

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