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Stephen Leacock:
Humorist and Educator


This site was developed by the National Library of Canada which seeks to promote the study of Canada and Canadians by establishing electronic resources such as the Stephen Leacock Website. Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) is one of the founding parents of Canadian letters and literature. In the early 20th century, his reputation as a humorist and a political economist was not limited by the boundaries of Canada but spread around the world. His reputation as a humorist has withstood the test of time. His kindly jokes still evoke laughter today. Visitors to this site will find a biography of Leacock's life, a look at his central works Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, a brief glance at his many other works, a bibliography, and links to other related internet sites.


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The Team

Dale Simmons - Editor (Project Manager)
Gabriel Ready - Researcher, Writer and Designer (Team Leader)
Marie-Hélène Gavinski - Researcher, Writer and Designer (Team Member)
Steve Hagopian - HTML Coder and Graphic Designer (Team Member)


We wish to thank Line Parent (Copyright Officer), Lisa Kelly (Copyright Assistant), Margo Wiper (Director of Marketing and Publishing), Pierre Ostiguy (Publishing Manager), Linda Sigouin (Web Technician), Doug Hodges (Database Policy and Planning Officer), Dale Cameron of the National Archives of Canada, and the City of Orillia. Moreover, we thank David Staines and Gerald Lynch of the University of Ottawa for ensuring the site's integrity. A special thanks to Daphne Mainprize, curator of the Leacock Museum/Archives, who has been magnanimous with her time, knowledge, and effort. Last, but not least, we acknowledge that the content of this website is merely a reiteration of what has been written before by recognised scholars and biographers. Although there are many who had a direct hand in the shaping of this website, we are particularly indebted to the authoritative work of Robertson Davies, David Legate, Ralph Curry, and, above all, Gerald Lynch.