This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
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Short Circuits is a superb collection of brief pieces by Stephen Leacock at his best. In it this irreverent observer of the human comedy touches on many subjects, including sports, the movie industry, radio, education, international relations, and current literature. Leacock illuminates the enduring follies of human nature through his lively wit, sharp satire, and spontaneous sense of incongruity, but his moods are often laced with hints of nostalgia and always convey his profound understanding. [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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