Extraordinary Canadians:stephen Leacock

Hardcover | March 31, 2009

byMargaret Macmillan

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Canada''s foremost historian examines the life of a great humorist.

Stephen Leacock''s satiric masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town captures "the Empire forever"mentality that marked Anglo-Canadian life in the early decades of the twentieth century. Historian Margaret Macmillan—whose books Women of the Raj and Paris 1919 cast fresh light on the colonial legacy—has great affection for Leacock''s gentle wit and sharp-eyed insight. The renowned historian examines Leacock''s life as a poor but ambitious student who rose to become an economist, celebrated academic, and, most importantly, the beloved humorist who taught Canadians to laugh at themselves.

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Canada's foremost historian examines the life of a great humorist. Stephen Leacock's satiric masterpiece Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town captures "the Empire forever"mentality that marked Anglo-Canadian life in the early decades of the twentieth century. Historian Margaret Macmillan—whose books Women of the Raj and Paris 1919 cast fresh light on the colonial legacy—has great affection for Leac...

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 Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670066818

ISBN - 13:9780670066810

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Most Extraordinary Canadian I'm ashamed to admit as a Canadian that I did not know who Stephen Leacock was before reading this short biography by Margaret MacMillan. The book is not an exhaustive look, but more of a biographical essay touching on some of the highlights of the writer, academic, philosopher, and government advisor. What I appreciated mostly about the book is MacMillan's ability to contextualize Leacock's accomplishments as well as his faults. For example, we shouldn't fault him for what we today would view as his retrograde views on gender and race -- Leacock was a man of his time. The most informative section were Leacock's philosophies on the role of education, and specifically the value of a liberal arts education as compared to the modern sciences. As someone who has both, I wholeheartedly agree with Leacock's assertion. Overall, this is a very fair and balanced look at an incredible man who lived through the beginnings of Canada as a nation.
Date published: 2009-06-07