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Charles Dickens

His Life and Work

by (author) Stephen Leacock

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Literary, Historical
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
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Stephen Leacock shares the stage with Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as one of the best-loved humorists in the English-speaking world, and at the time of its original publication, Leacock's biography of Dickens was widely and enthusiastically hailed as a vital, grand, and masterful examination of the man and his writing.
That Leacock's biography of the great novelist was the first to explore the humor as well as the morality of Dicken's novels is only natural. Originally published in 1933, it is filled with sharp commentary and was a book that Leacock was enormously and justifiably proud of.
Of Leacock's masterful recounting of the life of Dickens, the New York Times wrote, "There is wit in this book, and such sprightliness as only a Stephen Leacock could inject into it." Readable, entertaining, and insightful, this biography is a classic work, admirable for both its subject and author.

About the author

Award-winning Canadian humorist and writer Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) was the author of more than 50 literary works, and between 1915 and 1925 was the most popular humorist in the English-speaking world. Leacock’s fictional works include classics like Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, and Literary Lapses. In addition to his humor writings, Leacock was an accomplished political theorist, publishing such works as Elements of Political Science and My Discovery of the West: A Discussion of East and West in Canada, for which he won the Governor General's Award for writing in 1937. Leacock’s life continues to be commemorated through the awarding of the Leacock Medal for Humour and with an annual literary festival in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario.

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