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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
Author:
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(56 of 59 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:fiction, humour, short stories, Canadian wit and humour
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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.]

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Author Bio for Leacock, Stephen Butler

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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.

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