This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
|Publisher:||The Ryerson Press|
|Tags:||biography, Canadiana, humour, non-fiction, Canadian wit and humour|
A short biography of Stephen Leacock by Canadian Journalist Peter Gilchrist McArthur. Includes a selection of stories by Stephen Leacock. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for McArthur, Peter
Peter McArthur (1866-1924) was a Canadian writer. Born in farming country in Middlesex County, Ontario, early in his life he started on a writing career, joining the Toronto Mail as a reporter in 1890. He found he had a knack for writing humour and submitted jokes and satirical essays to periodicals of the time. In 1902 he went to England where he wrote for Punch. After a failed business venture in New York, he returned to his farm home but still submitted articles and essays to magazines. In 1903 he published an essay called To Be Taken With Salt: On Teaching One's Grandmother to Suck Eggs, a satire on Canadian-British relations. Future books and essays began to feature stories of farm life - he was an advocate of 'back-to-the-land' agrarianism. In the 1920s he stopped writing after he joined a rural trust company as an executive. He lived out the rest of his life selling insurance to farmers. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
Author Bio for Leacock, Stephen Butler
Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) was a Canadian author. Born in England, his family moved to Canada when he was six years old. The family settled in Sutton, Ontario on the south shore of Lake Simcoe. A bright student, he went to Upper Canada College where he was top of his class. After a brief stint at teaching (which he loathed) he eventually went on to become chair of the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University. Although he wrote several books on these august subjects, he is best known for his light satirical and humorous writing, in particular, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town". (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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