Extraordinary Canadians:stephen Leacock by Margaret MacmillanExtraordinary Canadians:stephen Leacock by Margaret Macmillan

Extraordinary Canadians:stephen Leacock

byMargaret Macmillan

Paperback | September 4, 2012

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In 1912, Stephen Leacock’s comic masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town made him an international star overnight. He was published in magazines and newspapers across Canada and in New York and London. Charlie Chaplin asked him for a screenplay; a young F. Scott Fitzgerald expressed his admiration. Eminent historian Margaret MacMillan argues that, while much of what Leacock satirized in small-town Canada has disappeared, his humour endures. His skewering of pretension and his self-deprecating wit entertained thousands during his heyday, even as it defined a quintessentially Canadian stance. But Leacock, MacMillan points out, was also a public intellectual, engaged with questions about government, war, and a just society. Writing with her usual brio, MacMillan has created a wonderfully insightful and affectionate portrait of a man who mattered.
MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abu...
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Title:Extraordinary Canadians:stephen LeacockFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.73 × 5.09 × 0.5 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143055119

ISBN - 13:9780143055112

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“Lively…. precise and eloquent.” - The Globe and Mail“Margaret MacMillan does a superb job of breathing life into Stephen Leacock’s quirks and eccentricities—and evoking wrenching pity in the reader’s heart for Leacock’s often very unhappy lot in life.” - Calgary Herald“A sympathetic but not uncritical portrait.” - Geist magazine“MacMillan’s taut biography is rich in historical detail. In addition to sketching the career path of the McGill economics professor who developed a lucrative sideline in humour, the book provides fascinating glimpses into Canadian life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” - CBC News