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Stephen Leacock

a.k.a. Stephen Butler Leacock

Author Code: OSBL

Born: Dec. 30, 1869 - Swanmoor, Hampshire, England

Died: Mar. 28, 1944 - Toronto, Canada

Leacock's family emigrated to Canada when he was only seven. He was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and the University of Toronto from which he graduated in 1891. He initially took up teaching and was a member of the staff of Upper Canada College until 1899. He then moved to Chicago and attended the University of Chicago studying economics and political science. He received a Fellowship in political economy and took his PhD in 1903. He then took a position with McGill University as an assistant professor. He published his first book, Elements of Political Science, in 1906. Leacock then took a leave of absence for a year to go on a lecture tour of the British Empire promoting unity. When he returned, he was appointed full professor of Political Economy and the chairman of the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill. He held the chair until his retirement in 1936. In 1910, he published Literary Lapses, a collection of his humourous stories, and followed in 1911 with Nonsense Novels. Both of these were extremely popular, but his masterpiece came with Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town in 1912, which was an international success. In 1914, he published Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich a provoking satire which won critical acclaim. In 1921 he helped to found the Canadian Author's Association. During the 1930's, Leacock devoted more time to the economy and political issues, publishing Economic Prosperity in the British Empire in 1930. He died of throat cancer while working on his autobiography in 1944. His other works include The Dawn of Canadian History (1914), Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy (1915), Frenzied Fiction (1918), The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice (1920), My Discovery of England (1922), Short Circuits (1928), Wet Wit and Dry Humour (1931), Mark Twain (1932), Humour: Its Theory and Technique (1935), The British Empire (1940) and Last Leaves (1945 Posthumous).

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OSBL008 Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich 1914 106 559k eBook Download PDF - 'Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich' (OSBL008) Find a printed copy of Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL009 The Dawn of Canadian History 1914 30 253k eBook Download PDF - 'The Dawn of Canadian History' (OSBL009) Find a printed copy of The Dawn of Canadian History by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL003 Frenzied Fiction
  Back From the Land
  The Cave-Man As He Is
  In Dry Toronto
  The Errors of Santa Claus
  Father Knickerbocker: A Fantasy
  Ideal Interviews
  Lost in New York
  Merry Christmas
  My Revelations As A Spy
  To Nature and Back Again
  The New Education
  The Old, Old Story of How Five Men Went Fishing
  The Perplexity Column as Done by the Jaded Journalist
  Personal Adventures in the Spirit World
  The Prophet in Our Midst
  Simple Stories of Success, or How to Succeed in Life
  The Sorrows of a Summer Guest
  This Strenuous Age
1918 97 465k eBook Download PDF - 'Frenzied Fiction' (OSBL003) Find a printed copy of Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL004 The Hohenzollerns in America & Others
  Afternoon Tea with the Sultan
  The Art of Conversation
  The Discovery of America; Being Done into Moving Pictures and Out Again
  Fetching the Doctor
  Heroes and Heroines
  The Hohenzollerns in America
  If Germany Had Won
  The Lost Illusions of Mr. Sims
  Politics from Within
  Some Just Complaints About the War
  Some Startling Side Effects of the War
  War and Peace at the Galaxy Club
  The War News as I Remember it
  The War Sacrifices of Mr. Spugg
  With the Bolsheviks in Berlin
1919 98 475k eBook Download PDF - 'The Hohenzollerns in America & Others' (OSBL004) Find a printed copy of The Hohenzollerns in America & Others by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL002 Literary Lapses
  A, B, and C
  Aristocratic Education
  The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones
  Back to the Bush
  Boarding-House Geometry
  Borrowing a Match
  A Christmas Letter
  On Collecting Things
  The Conjurer's Revenge
  An Experiment With Policeman Hogan
  The Force of Statistics
  Getting the Thread of It
  Half-hours with the Poets
  Helping the Armenians
  Hints to Travellers
  Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas
  How to Avoid Getting Married
  How to Be A Doctor
  How to Live to be 200
  How to Make a Million Dollars
  Insurance Up to Date
  A Lesson in Fiction
  The Life of John Smith
  Lord Oxhead's Secret
  A Manual of Education
  Men Who Have Shaved me
  A Model Dialogue
  My Financial Career
  The New Food
  A New Pathology
  Number Fifty-Six
  The Passing of the Poet
  The Poet Answered
  Reflections on Riding
  Self-made Men
  Society Chat-Chat
  A Study in Still Life - The Country Hotel
  Telling His Faults
  Winter Pastimes
1910 85 435k eBook Download PDF - 'Literary Lapses' (OSBL002) Find a printed copy of Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL010 The Mariner of St. Malo 1915 35 266k eBook Download PDF - 'The Mariner of St. Malo' (OSBL010) Find a printed copy of The Mariner of St. Malo by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL006 Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy
  The Amazing Travels of Mr. Yarner
  The Anecdotes of Dr. So and So
  Aristocratic Anecdotes or Little Stories of Great People
  Education Made Agreeable or the Diversions of a Professor
  An Every-Day Experience
  The First Newspaper. A Sort of Allegory
  In the Good Time After the War
  The Ground Floor
  The Hallucination of Mr. Butt
  The Last Man out of Europe
  Our Literary Bureau
  Passionate Paragraphs
  Ram Spudd The New World Singer
  The Reading Public. A Book Store Study
  The Reminiscences of Mr. Apricot
  The Shattered Health of Mr. Podge
  Sidelights on the Supermen. An Interview with General Bernhardi
  Speeding Up Business
  The Spiritual Outlook of Mr. Doomer
  Spoof. A Thousand-Guinea Novel
  The Survival of the Fittest
  Truthful Oratory, or What Our Speakers Ought to Say
  The War Mania of Mr. Jinks and Mr. Blinks
  Weejee the Pet Dog. An Idyll of the Summer
  Who Is Also Who. A Companion Volume to Who's Who
1915 83 425k eBook Download PDF - 'Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy' (OSBL006) Find a printed copy of Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL005 My Discovery of England
  The Balance of Trade in Impressions
  The British and the American Press
  Business in England
  A Clear View of the Government and Politics of England
  Have the English Any Sense of Humour?
  I Am Interviewed by the Press
  Impressions of London
  Is Prohibition Coming to England?
  Oxford As I See it
  "We Have with Us To-night"
1922 63 405k eBook Download PDF - 'My Discovery of England' (OSBL005) Find a printed copy of My Discovery of England by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL007 Nonsense Novels
  Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant
  Gertrude the Governess: or, Simple Seventeen
  Guido the Gimlet of Ghent: A Romance of Chivalry
  Hannah of the Highlands: or, The Laird of Loch Aucherlocherty
  A Hero in Homespun: or, The Life Struggle of Hezekiah Hayloft
  Maddened by Mystery: Or, the Defective Detective
  The Man in Asbestos: An Allegory of the Future
  "Q." A Psychic Pstory of the Psupernatural
  Soaked in Seaweed: or, Upset in the Ocean
  Sorrows of a Super Soul: or, The Memoirs of Marie Mushenough
1911 71 377k eBook Download PDF - 'Nonsense Novels' (OSBL007) Find a printed copy of Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL012 The Pursuit of Knowledge 1934 11 188k eBook Download PDF - 'The Pursuit of Knowledge' (OSBL012) Find a printed copy of The Pursuit of Knowledge by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL001 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
  The Beacon on the Hill
  The Candidacy of Mr. Smith
  The Extraordinary Entanglement of Mr. Pupkin
  The Fore-ordained Attachment of Zena Pepperleigh and Peter Pupkin
  The Great Election in Missinaba County
  The Hostelry of Mr. Smith
  The Marine Excursions of the Knights of Pythias
  The Mariposa Bank Mystery
  The Ministrations of the Rev. Mr. Drone
  The Speculations of Jefferson Thorpe
  The Train to Mariposa
  The Whirlwind Campaign in Mariposa
1912 89 510k eBook Download PDF - 'Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town' (OSBL001) Find a printed copy of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks
OSBL011 Winnowed Wisdom
  Brotherly Love Among the Nations
  The Christmas Ghost
  In the Good Old Summertime
  Great National Problems
  The Outlines of Everything
  Round Our City
  Studies in the Newer Culture
  Travel and Movement
1926 86 468k eBook Download PDF - 'Winnowed Wisdom' (OSBL011) Find a printed copy of Winnowed Wisdom by Stephen Leacock at AbeBooks

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