Early life[ edit ] Stephen Leacock was born in Swanmore a village near Southampton in southern England. He was the third of the eleven children born to Walter Peter Leacock b. His father became an alcoholic; in the fall ofhe travelled west to Manitoba with his brother E. Leacock graduated inand returned home to find that his father had returned from Manitoba.
As a footnote in Canadian history, I could understand Leacock, but as the paterfamilias of Canadian comedy with the most prominent national comedy award named after Only in Canada could Stephen Leacock become a renowned humorist.
As a footnote in Canadian history, I could understand Leacock, but as the paterfamilias of Canadian comedy with the most prominent national comedy award named after him? You would be hard-pressed to find a book more quintessentially Canadian than Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, a collection of vignettes which follow daily life among the citizens of Mariposa, a fictional Northern Ontario town.
There is essentially one joke in the entirety of Sunshine Sketches. Or the narrator will say that a couple of love-struck adults found that their writing was entirely identical, except that of the boy was messy and slanted and that of the girl was neat and straight.
The narrator says one thing, and the truth is the opposite. If the narrator were to say a terrible tragedy happened to rival the destruction of Pompeii, it would actually be a kid stubbing his toe.
If the narrator were to say that a character is a learned scholar, it would be because he got his multiplication table correct on his first try back in elementary school. This is a very lame type of humor. Nothing funny actually happens; the supposed comedy is all in the telling, but the formula is repeated to the point where you can almost predict the punchlines before Leacock even sets the joke up.
The rancid cherry on top is the sickening nostalgia that permeates the whole of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. In truth, the town sucks and the people in it suck even more. Their cheating, lying, swindling, complete idiocy, mean-spiritedness and self-absorption transcend the bounds of endearing quirkiness.
Leacock was apparently an admirer of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain, and there is certainly something of their style and sense of humor in his writing. Smith seems almost sociopathic in comparison. The entire town of Mariposa seems like some strange microcosm of everything that is wrong in the world.Set in the fictional landscape of Mariposa on the shores of Lake Wissanotti in Missinaba County, Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Townis an affectionate satire of small town life.
Sunshine Sketches, based on Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, aired on CBC Television in –; it was the first Canadian broadcast of an English-language dramatic series, as it debuted on the first night that television was broadcast in Toronto.
Mar 08, · Author:Stephen Leacock. From Wikisource.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, ; The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada, ; Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, .
Leacock’s literary achievement is largely in the mastery of the comic sketch. With the exception of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, all his full-length humorous books are really compilations.
Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is probably one of my all-time favourite Canadian novels. I first read it in university, and, strange for someone who didn’t grow up in Canada, and whose hometown is a bustling metropolis, Sunshine Sketches was probably the first Can Lit book I’d read that made me feel I belonged.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Stephen Leacock, first published in It is generally considered to be one of the most enduring classics of Canadian humorous leslutinsduphoenix.com: Stephen Leacock.