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