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.