Canadian Writer - Stephan Leacock
Stephen Leacock was a shaggy, handsome, colorful, Canadian who proved to his countrymen that humor was almost respectable and certainly profitable, and delighted the world with his wit from the end of the Edwardian era until the middle of World War II.
He succeeded Mark Twain in 1910 as the foremost literary humorist in North America. Stephen Leacock lived in and is identified with two very dissimilar Canadian milieus; one a small Ontario town (Orillia), the other a cosmopolitan Quebec metropolis (Montreal). As a fluently multi-lingual academic with a brilliant mind and a great flair for teaching the essence of things, he wintered and worked in Montreal for four decades; for twenty-eight years as chairman of the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University.
During summers in Orillia, Leacock always retired early and rose at dawn to write for several hours in a study above the boathouse. Leaving most of the day free for sailing and fishing and supervising his big garden and small farm. He wrote about both places. Indeed there was rarely a day or a dawn when he did not write. His thirty-five volumes of humour followed one another at an average rate of one a year. He also wrote twenty-seven other books of history, biography, criticism, economics and Political science.