Stephen Leacock Additional Biography


(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Stephen Leacock published almost a book for each year between the appearance of his first collection of humor, Literary Lapses, and the posthumous The Boy I Left Behind Me. He wrote in a number of genres: scholarly studies in his academic specialty, humor, literary biography, literary theory, and autobiography. At the time of his death in 1944, he was regarded as one of the finest writers in Canada and the foremost humorist of North America.

His fame has diminished with the passage of time, and newer Mark Twains have been put forward by the critics. Still, the droll persona of his narrator, the tolerance and generosity of spirit that soften his satire, and the simplicity and clarity of his style have not lost their appeal.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Stephen Butler Leacock (LEE-kahk) was a well-known Canadian humorist and writer. He was born in England and went to Canada as a young boy. The family settled on a farm in the Lake Simcoe region of Ontario. He attended Upper Canada College in Toronto and eventually the University of Toronto, where he received a B.A. degree in 1891. Following ten years’ work as a schoolteacher, principally at Upper Canada College, he entered graduate study in the field of political economy at the University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. degree from there in 1903. The same year, he accepted a full-time position in the department of economics and political science at McGill University in Montreal, where he remained until his retirement in 1936....

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