This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
|Title:||Afternoons in Utopia: Tales of the New Time|
|Publisher:||Dodd, Mead and Company|
|Tags:||Canadiana, fiction, humour, Canadian wit and humour|
One of his most notable books was titled Afternoons in Utopia (1932). The lead entry, "Utopias Old and New," includes an hilarious send-up of every imagined paradisiacal society from Plato's Republic to last month's issue of Flabbergasting Fables. Probably the most influential of all utopias was Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887. It spawned endless sequels and rebuttals, of which I particularly recommend Mack Reynolds's Looking Backward from the Year 2000 (1974).
I wish I had room for some hilarious excerpts from Leacock's collection, but the bottom of the page is looming. You'll have to snag a copy of the Leacock book for yourself. Just keep an eye out for Dr. Oom, the sandal-wearing and berobed, bearded future sage speaking oddly pseudo-Biblical English—and his lissome, doe-eyed daughter.
—Richard A. Lupoff [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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