Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

Stephen Butler Leacock (December 30, 1869—March 28, 1944) was a Canadian political scientist, and writer and humourist. He was extremely popular around the world, indeed, between 1915 and 1925 he was the most popular and widely read humourist in the English-speaking world.

Perhaps his most famous books were Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, two of his thirty-five books of humour. He wrote twenty-eight books of non-fiction, his first was the famous Elements of Political Science.

Information on Stephen Leacock:

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Works marked with a * are currently under development at Distributed Proofreaders Canada and will be made available over the next few months.



  1. Literary Lapses: A Book of Sketches (1910)
  2. Nonsense Novels (1911)
  3. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912)
  4. Behind the Beyond and Other Contributions to Human Knowledge (1913)
  5. Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914)
  6. The Methods of Mr. Sellyer: A Book Store Study: Written especially for the Annual Convention of the American Booksellers' Association (1914)
  7. Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy (1915)
  8. Further Foolishness: Sketches and Satires on the Follies of the Day (1916)
  9. Essays and Literary Studies (1916)
  10. Frenzied Fiction (1918)
  11. The Hohenzollerns in America (1919)
  12. Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels (1920)
  13. My Discovery of England (1922)
  14. College Days (1923)
  15. Over the Footlights (1923)
  16. The Garden of Folly (1924)
  17. Winnowed Wisdom (1926)
  18. Short Circuits (1928)
  19. The Iron Man and the Tin Woman, With Other Such Futurities: A Book of Little Sketches of To-day and To-morrow (1929)
  20. Laugh With Leacock (1930)
  21. The Dry Pickwick (1932)
  22. Wet Wit & Dry Humour: Distilled From the Pages of Stephen Leacock (1931)
  23. Afternoons in Utopia: Tales of the New Time (1932)
  24. Hellements of Hickonomics in Hiccoughs of Verse Done in Our Social Planning Mill (1936)
  25. * Funny Pieces (1936)
  26. My Discovery of the West: A Discussion of East and West in Canada (1937)
  27. Model Memoirs and Other Sketches from Simple to Serious (1938)
  28. Too Much College, or, Education Eating Up Life. (1940)
  29. My Remarkable Uncle and Other Sketches (1942)
  30. Happy Stories: Just to Laugh At (1943)
  31. Last Leaves (1945)
  32. The Original Stephen Leacock (2016): Our own collection of original Leacock material from the original magazines, with the original images.
  1. Q: A Farce in One Act (1915) (With Basil Macdonald Hastings)
  1. The Doctrine of Laissez Faire (1903) Stephen Leacock’s Doctoral Thesis.
  2. Elements of Political Science (1906)
  3. Baldwin, Lafontaine, Hincks: Responsible Government (1907)
  4. Practical Political Economy (1910)
  5. Adventurers of the Far North: A Chronicle of the Arctic Seas (1914)
  6. The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada and the Coming of the White Man (1914)
  7. The Mariner of St. Malo: A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier (1914)
  8. War Scenes Across the Canadian Border (1915): An essay published in Vanity Fair in October 1915.
  9. The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice (1920)
  10. Mackenzie, Baldwin, Lafontaine, Hincks: The Makers of Canada Series, New and Revised (1926)
  11. Economic Prosperity in the British Empire (1930)
  12. Back to Prosperity: The Great Opportunity of the Empire Conference (1932)
  13. Lincoln Frees the Slaves (1934)
  14. The Pursuit of Knowledge: A Discussion of Freedom and Compulsion in Education. The Kappa Delta Pi Lecture Series (1934)
  15. * The Greatest Pages of Charles Dickens: A Biographical Reader and a Chronological Selection from the Works of Dickens with a Commentary on his Life and Art. (1934)
  16. Humour: Its Theory and Technique, with Examples and Samples; A Book of Discovery (1935)
  17. * The Greatest Pages of American Humor: A Study of the Rise and Development of Humorous Writings in America With Selections from the Most Notable of the Humorists (1936)
  18. The Gathering Financial Crisis in Canada: A Survey of the Present Critical Situation (1936)
  19. Humour and Humanity: An Introduction to the Study of Humour (1937)
  20. Here Are My Lectures (1937)
  21. All Right, Mr. Roosevelt (Canada and the United States) (1939): An Oxford Pamphlet on World Affairs.
  22. The British Empire: Its Structure, Its Unity, Its Strength (1940)
  23. Canada: The Foundations of Its Future (1941)
  24. Our Heritage of Liberty: Its Origin, Its Achievment, Its Crisis. A Book for Wartime (1942)
  25. How to Write (1943)
  26. Montreal: Seaport and City (1942)
  27. Canada’s War at Sea in Two Volumes, Volume 1: Canada and the Sea (1944)
  28. While There Is Time: The Case Against Social Catastrophe (1945)
  1. Mark Twain (1932)
  2. Charles Dickens: His Life and Work (1933)
  1. The Boy I Left Behind Me (1946)
  2. My Recollections of Chicago (circa 1943): Believed to be intended to be a chapter of his autobiography; published posthumously.
Books about Stephen Leacock
  1. Stephen Leacock (1923) by Peter McArthur
  2. Stephen Leacock: The Man and His Art (1956): A Thesis Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts by Selma Dove Skoll. Includes a more thorough bibliography than this one.