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Charles Dickens: His Life and Work

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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:Charles Dickens: His Life and Work
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(12 of 61 for author by title)
College Days
Canada’s War at Sea: Volume 1: Canada and the Sea
Published:   1933
Publisher:Peter Davies
Tags:biography, Canadiana, non-fiction

To say that this is Dickens bovrilised and peptonised—it is, as it were, all the biographies and Dickensiana subjected to some Chicagoan literary sausage-machine—is not to belittle Professor Leacock. The professor as usual is scarifying on schools and colleges. He is crisp, concise, dramatic. The book is a miracle of compression. It's the quantity plus quality of Dickens’s work which makes his biographer gasp, and its universal appeal. His books have been read for their own sake from first to last. In the sheer comprehensiveness of his work “no writer has ever equalled or approached it. None ever will. The time is past.” For sense and sensibility, and the true feeling or sensation of Dickens, have given way before sensationalism. “It is a world of flickering shadows tossed by electric currents, of a babel of voices on the harassed air...” Still there is hope while such as Professor Leacock remain to correct us.

—The Bookman's Table, January 1934 [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:206 Info

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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