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Over the Footlights

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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:Over the Footlights
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(57 of 78 for author by title)
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Published:   1923
Publisher:Dodd, Mead and Company
Tags:Canadiana, fiction, humour, Canadian wit and humour

“Roughing it in the Bush,” a study of the three friends who are “tough enough to stand the hardships of living in the open,” is delightful. At the end of the “roughing” we are shown the three friends, in boiled shirts, washing down a chefs dinner with champagne, and going over to the hotel. “It seems there is dancing at the hotel every evening.” An Ibsen play, The Sub-Contractor, is funny; so is Cast Up by the Sea, an old-fashioned melodrama; so is Deadmen's Gold, a film. A Greek tragedy, Oroastus, “as put on by the senior class of the Podunk High School,” is as amusing.

—The Spectator, August 10, 1923 [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:150 Info

Author Bio for Leacock, Stephen Butler

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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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