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(30 December 1869 – 28 March 1944 / Hampshire, England)

Stephen Leacock
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Stephen Butler Leacock, FRSC was an English-born Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. In the early part of the 20th century he was the best-known humorist in the English-speaking world.

Leacock was born in Swanmore, near Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England, and at the age of six moved to Canada with his family, which settled on a farm in Egypt, Ontario, near the village of Sutton and the shores of Lake Simcoe. While the family had been well off in England (the Leacocks had made a fortune in Madeira and lived on an estate called Oak Hill on the Isle of Wight), Leacock's father, Peter, had been banished from the manor for marrying Agnes Butler without his ... more »

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  • ''Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.''
    Stephen Leacock (1869-1944), Canadian humorist, economist. "Gertrude the Governess," Nonsense Novels (1911).
  • ''It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.''
    Stephen Leacock (1869-1944), Canadian humorist, economist. "Reflections on Riding," Literary Lapses (1910).
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