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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. T ...more
Published March 1st 2009 by Penguin Books Canada
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Paula Dembeck
Oct 13, 2013 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an insightful and affectionate portrait of Stephen Leacock as part of the series “Extraordinary Canadians” edited by John Ralston Saul.

Most Canadians remember Leacock as the humourist who wrote “Literary Lapses” published in 1910 and “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town”, published in 1912 and still in print. The second book, about life in Mariposa, a small fictional town in Ontario, made him an international star. But Leacock was not just a humourist, he was also a teacher, a lecturer, a
Aug 05, 2014 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am finding in these ‘Extraordinary Canadians’ books that the history of my country which frames the biographies is often just as interesting as the life story of the featured person. The Stephen Leacock book is like that. Really, his story is not particularly that interesting; but his time and place in Canada are. He wrote a lot and I have never read him much, so I think I will now because it interests me to see what his thoughts and insights might have been 100 years ago.
Jeffrey  Sylvester
In relation to the authors of the other Extraordinary Canadians, I didn't feel Macmillan drove home Leacock's likely contribution to Canadian society enough. For me, most fascinating were the parallels between Leacock's personality and my own, particularly his rejection of "toeing the line" for what he perceived was mundane conformity. Nevertheless, the book provides an interesting peer into the life of an interesting man that I previously knew nothing about.
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Margaret Olwen MacMillan OC D.Phil. (born 1943) is a historian and professor at Oxford University where she is Warden of St. Antony's College. She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. A well-respected expert on history and current affairs, MacMillan is a frequent commentator in the media.


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