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My Remarkable Uncle (New Canadian Library)

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Publisher Comments:

This celebrated collection of sketches sparkles with Stephen Leacock’s humour and shines with the warmth of his wit.

The comical E.P., star of the title essay, “My Remarkable Uncle,” is a classic Leacock character. He is president of a railway with a letterhead but no rails, and he heads a bank that boasts credit but no cash whatsoever – all of which trouble E.P. not in the least.

My Remarkable Uncle, a wonderful smorgasbord of mirth served up by a master of comedy, includes several essays, a short story, a political parable, and personal reflections on a dizzying array of subjects.

Here, in rich abundance, are the inspired nonsense and the unerring eye for human folly that have made Stephen Leacock Canada’s most celebrated humorist.

Synopsis:

McClelland & Stewart's elegant New Canadian Library series acknowledges and celebrates Canada's glorious literary achievements. Original Afterwords and bibliographies by leading writers complete each book.
-- Over 300 years of excellence in Canadian writing
-- Over one million sold since 1990

Synopsis:

My Remarkable Uncle, a wonderful smorgasbord of mirth served up by a master of comedy, includes several essays, a short story, a political parable, and personal reflections on a dizzying array of subjects.

About the Author

Stephen Leacock was born in Swanmore, Hampshire, England, in 1869. His family emigrated to Canada in 1876 and settled on a farm north of Toronto. Educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, Leacock pursued graduate studies in economics at the University of Chicago, where he studied under Thorstein Veblen.

Even before he completed his doctorate, Leacock accepted a position as sessional lecturer in political science and economics at McGill University. When he received his Ph.D. in 1903, he was appointed to the position of lecturer. From 1908 until his retirement in 1936, he chaired the Department of Political Science and Economics.

Leacock’s most profitable book was his textbook, Elements of Political Science, which was translated into seventeen languages. The author of nineteen books and countless articles on economics, history, and political science, Leacock turned to the writing of humour as his beloved avocation. His first collection of comic stories, Literary Lapses, appeared in 1910, and from that time until his death he published a volume of humour almost every year.

Leacock also wrote popular biographies of his two favourite writers, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. At the time of his death, he left four completed chapters of what was to have been his autobiography. These were published posthumously under the title The Boy I Left Behind Me.

Stephen Leacock died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1944.

Table of Contents

SOME MEMORIES

My Remarkable Uncle

The Old Farm and the New Frame

The Struggle to Make Us Gentlemen

 

LITERARY STUDIES

The British Soldier

The Mathematics of the Lost Chord

The Passing of the Kitchen

Come Back to School

What’s in a Name?

Who Canonizes the Classics?

Among the Antiques

 

SPORTING SECTION

What Is a Sport?

Why Do We Fish?

When Fellers Go Fishing

Eating Air

 

STUDIES IN HUMOUR

The Saving Grace of Humour

Laughing Off Our History

War and Humour

 

MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas Rapture

Christmas Shopping

War- time Santa Claus

War- time Christmas

 

GOODWILL STUFF

Cricket for Americans

Our American Visitors

A Welcome to a Visiting American

Why Is the United States?

 

The Transit of Venus

Migration in English Literature

Three Score and Ten

Index: There Is No Index

L’Envoi: A Salutation Across the Sea

 

Afterword

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771099656
Afterword:
Nimmo, Barbara
Author:
Nimmo, Barbara
Author:
Nimmo, Barbara
Author:
Leacock, Stephen
Afterword by:
Nimmo, Barbara
Afterword:
Nimmo, Barbara
Author:
Leacock, Raymond
Publisher:
New Canadian Library
Location:
Toronto :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humor
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Short stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
New Canadian Library
Series Volume:
v. 15
Publication Date:
19890531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
6.98x4.27x.57 in. .30 lbs.

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Product details 248 pages New Canadian Library - English 9780771099656 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , McClelland & Stewart's elegant New Canadian Library series acknowledges and celebrates Canada's glorious literary achievements. Original Afterwords and bibliographies by leading writers complete each book.
-- Over 300 years of excellence in Canadian writing
-- Over one million sold since 1990
"Synopsis" by , My Remarkable Uncle, a wonderful smorgasbord of mirth served up by a master of comedy, includes several essays, a short story, a political parable, and personal reflections on a dizzying array of subjects.
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