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Wet Wit & Dry Humour

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

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Title:Wet Wit & Dry Humour
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(71 of 78 for author by title)
While There is Time: The Case Against Social Catastrophe
War Scenes Across the Canadian Border
Published:   1931
Publisher:Dodd, Mead & Company
Tags:Canadiana, fiction, humour, short stories, Canadian wit and humour

Leacock refused to take money for lecturing against prohibition and he declined to lecture at dry events. He loved to claim, in what is surely an apocryphal story, that he had to cancel an expedition with the great polar explorer Vihjalmur Stefansson when he found out that it would be dry. Being Leacock, he made humour out of prohibition. “This book,” he says, “is compiled in friendly appreciation of Prohibition in the United States, the greatest thing that ever happened—to Canada.” The trouble is, as with other sketches where Leacock is being angry, that they are not very funny. His sketch about Mr Pickwick’s dry Christmas is dreary and “Confessions of a Soda Fiend” too sarcastic.

—Extraordinary Canadians, by Margaret MacMillan [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:169 Info

Author Bio for Leacock, Stephen Butler

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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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