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Afternoons in Utopia: Tales of the New Time

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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:Afternoons in Utopia: Tales of the New Time
Author:
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(2 of 59 for author by title)
All Right, Mr. Roosevelt (Canada and the United States)
Adventurers of the Far North: A Chronicle of the Arctic Seas (Chronicles of Canada #20)
Published:   1932
Publisher:Dodd, Mead and Company
Tags:Canadiana, fiction, humour, Canadian wit and humour
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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.]

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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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