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My Discovery of England

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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:My Discovery of England
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(43 of 61 for author by title)
My Discovery of the West. A Discussion of East and West in Canada
Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy
Published:   1922
Publisher:Dodd, Mead and Company
Tags:Canadiana, England, humour, non-fiction, Canadian wit and humour, New Canadian Library

Leacock’s description of London shows his intent for the rest of the work. It describes Nelson’s Column only as the best way to find the American barbershop nearby, and the Tower of London basically as a way to find the American gasoline station slightly to its north. Leacock also does a lovely line in the fact that English people do not seem to travel anywhere or see anything, so his narrator, in attempting to experience England in a truly English way, manages to avoid seeing the British Museum, the Tower of London, or Westminster Abbey, but finds this no social impediment, as no-one he meets has actually seen them either. It is sufficient, for conversational purposes, to memorise a few glib clichés about each place. [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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