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This choice of essays explores the numerous dimensions of the writings of Stephen Leacock, the well-loved Canadian writer of Sunshine Sketches of a bit Town.

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7 Five of Leacock's six historical volumes are popular or general in nature, and did not make any impact on the study or writing of Canadian history by professional historians. S. 8 The index to Carl Berger's award-winning book The Writing of Canadian History (1976) contained references to Leacock as humorist, political economist, and general man of letters—yet none to him as historian. When J. M. "9 Thus Leacock appears to be regarded by authorities on Canadian historiography as not having been a particularly significant historical writer.

Attaboy, William! That's the stuff! Harold's boys block the rush. Two Norman knights ruled off for interference. William hurls his mace. Forward pass. Ten-year penalty. 3 Leacock's attack is clearly more direct here. He copies the arch enthusiasm of the sportscaster, pointing out that the radio newsman frequently tries to get the same "rah, rah" effect into his broadcast. Shortly after, Leacock became personally interested in radio. 4 Three months later W. N. DeFoe proposed that Leacock himself do a broadcast.

After a meeting or two, the magazine became and remained Andrew Macphail. 52 Macphail gave The University Magazine a sense of direction by contributing forty-three pieces of political comment and social criticism; in his mind it was an instrument for advancing "correct opinions,"53 which predicated the importance of moral rather than materialist values, and centred on a Canada that was rural, traditional, imperial in sentiment, and, aside from Quebec, overwhelmingly British in ethnic composition.

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