Stephen Leacock | Brief Biography
Stephen Leacock | Brief Biography
Stephen Leacock (Stephen Butler Leacock: December 30, 1869 – March 28, 1944) was a Canadian teacher, political scientist, and humorist. He was born in Swanmore, Hampshire, England on December 30, 1869, and along with his parents, emigrated to Canada when he was six years old.
Leacock began his teaching career at Upper Canada College, where he taught political science and economics. In 1903, he became a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where he taught for the rest of his life.
Leacock’s most famous works are his humorous essays and sketches, which combined wit, satire, and social commentary. His best-known collection of essays, “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town,” was published in 1912 and is considered a classic of Canadian literature. The book is a series of sketches about life in the fictional town of Mariposa and is known for its witty and nostalgic portrayal of small-town life.
Stephen Leacock was a prolific writer, and his works included numerous other collections of essays, as well as books on economics, politics, and history. He was also a popular public speaker, and his lectures on economics and politics were widely attended.
Throughout his life, Stephen Leacock was involved in political and social activism. He was a strong advocate for Canadian independence and was a founding member of the League for Social Reconstruction, a group of intellectuals who sought to promote social and economic reforms in Canada.
Leacock received many honors for his contributions to Canadian literature and society. In 1925, he was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for his contributions to Canadian literature, and in 1935, he was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. He died in 1944 at the age of 74.
Stephen Leacock’s wit and humor, combined with his social and political commentary, have made him one of the most beloved and enduring writers in Canadian history. His legacy continues to be celebrated, and his works remain popular and widely read today. 0 0 0.
N.B. The article originally belongs to the book ‘Introduction to Men of Letters‘ by Menonim Menonimus.
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