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Leacock, Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler Leacock, 1869–1944, Canadian economist and humorist, b. England, grad. Univ. of Toronto (B.A., 1891), Univ. of Chicago (Ph.D., 1903). Head of the department of political science and economics (1908–36) at McGill Univ., he wrote standard works in his own field, in Canadian history, and in biography. He is best remembered, however, for his many volumes of humorous essays and stories, many of them genial satires, including Literary Lapses (1910), Nonsense Novels (1911), Behind the Beyond (1913), Frenzied Fiction (1918), Winnowed Wisdom (1926), My Discovery of the West (1937), and How to Write (1942). Last Leaves (1945) are posthumously published essays.

See his autobiographical fragment, The Boy I Left behind Me (1946).

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Leacock, Stephen Butler (1869–1944) Canadian humorist, b. Britain. His Literary Lapses (1910) proved popular for their gentle satire and love of the absurd. He also wrote Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) and an incomplete autobiography, The Boy I Left Behind Me, published in 1946.

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