This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
|Title:||The Boy I Left Behind Me|
|Publisher:||Doubleday & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||autobiography, Canadiana, non-fiction|
This slender book of Stephen Leacock's reminiscences of his youth and early education is the beginning of an autobiography which his death unfortunately left uncompleted. It is a genial, pleasant, witty (occasionally barbed), discursive account of his boyhood in Victorian England and his life up to his twentieth year. It takes him from Swanmore, Hampshire, where he was born, through the years on the Old Farm in Canada where his family moved when he was six or so, his boarding school days in Upper Canada College in Toronto, his teacher's training course at Strathroy, to his first year as a teacher of modern languages at Uxbridge, "situated nowhere in particular on the high ground between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe."... from a review by Sara Henderson Hay [Suggest a different description.]
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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