288 pages, 8.37 × 5.63 × 1.34 in
October 15, 2013
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771046677
ISBN - 13: 9780771046674
Read from the Book
The Hostelry of Mr. SmithI don’t know whether you know Mariposa. If not, it is of no consequence, for if you know Canada at all, you are probably well acquainted with a dozen towns just like it. There it lies in the sunlight, sloping up from the little lake that spreads out at the foot of the hillside on which the town is built. There is a wharf beside the lake, and lying alongside of it a steamer that is tied to the wharf with two ropes of about the same size as they use on the Lusitania. The steamer goes nowhere in particular, for the lake is landlocked and there is no navigation for the Mariposa Belle except to “run trips” on the first of July and the Queen’s Birthday, and to take excursions of the Knights of Pythias and the Sons of Temperance to and from the Local Option Townships. In point of geography the lake is called Lake Wissanotti and the river running out of it the Ossawippi, just as the main street of Mariposa is called Missinaba Street and the county Missinaba County. But these names do not really matter. Nobody uses them. People simply speak of the “lake” and the “river” and the “main street,” much in the same way as they always call the Continental Hotel, “Pete Robinson’s” and the Pharmaceutical Hall, “Eliot’s Drug Store.” But I suppose this is just the same in every one else’s town as in mine, so I need lay no stress on it. The town, I say, has one broad street that runs up from the lake, commonly called the Main Street. There is no doubt about its width. Whe
From the Publisher
In this lavishly illustrated gift edition, Stephen Leacock's beloved comic classic gets a fresh new look from renowned cartoonist Seth. For long-time fans of Stephen Leacock and Seth, collectors of Canadiana, as well as readers of Lemony Snicket and Chester Brown's Louis Riel.
As funny, relevant, and insightful today as when it was first published, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town presents a vibrant and unforgettable portrait of the delightful citizens of the fictional small town of Mariposa, Ontario. Now in this sumptuously designed gift edition, internationally acclaimed cartoonist Seth brings his unique vision and artistry to bear on the inhabitants of this little town to spectacular effect. With more than 40 full- and double-page colour illustrations throughout, this special edition is an extraordinarily beautiful and loving tribute to Mariposa and its residents, one that is sure to enchant long-time fans of Leacock's book as well as captivate a new generation of readers.
About the Author
Decades after his death in 1944, STEPHEN LEACOCK remains one of the world's best-loved humorous writers. Born in 1869 and educated in Canada, Leacock was Professor Economics at McGill University. His greatest fame, however, was as a humorist, thanks to a stream of books that followed Literary Lapses (1910) at the rate of almost one a year. Of these, Sunshine Sketches has proved to be his most popular, ever since its publication in 1912.
Acclaimed cartoonist SETH is the author of the comic book series Palookaville and such graphic novels as It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken; Wimbledon Green; and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. As a book designer, he has worked on such projects as The Portable Dorothy Parker, the bestselling Complete Peanuts collection, and Lemony Snicket's new series, All The Wrong Questions. His work frequently appears in The Walrus and The New Yorker. In 2011, Seth received the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He lives in Guelph.
Praise for Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: "Leacock had a wonderful ear for dialogue and was superbly skilled in creating polished, self-contained scenes and in evoking character with a few sure strokes." -- Will Ferguson
Praise for Seth: "To read a book by Seth is to enter an oddly cozy, perfectly designed world where humor, nostalgia, and a gentle sadness pervade like the last autumnal rays of sunlight on a quiet afternoon." -- San Francisco Weekly