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Humor cannot be explained in terms of itself, but in terms of the world that most of us live in, Mr. Leacock’s humor seems reactionary. A subtly hypocritical demagogue, he sows, in the normal mob, laughter against the abnormal. He subtly gives aid and comfort to all that in us is the enemy of the unusual; he is the humorist of the class war of lowbrows against highbrows.
And Mr. Leacock is funny all the time, without rest, without mercy, feverishly, greedily, filling the balloons of reality with laughing gas to the bursting point, firing a ceaseless barrage of humor between himself and incomprehensible or unpleasant things. A humor of our human resistances: accumulated irritation, small dislike—the humor of how we feel toward nature cranks, thin lipped prohibitionists, learned professors, elderly aunts. But a buoyant, surprising, elastic, imaginative and flavored humor, so that one laughs aloud.
—The New Republic, April 6, 1918 [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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