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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   
(11 of 78 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.]

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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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