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  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town | Stephen Leacock

    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Leacock
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
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    One of Canada's most cherished writers, British-born Stephen Leacock was probably best known and loved for his works of light humor. First published in 1912, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is one of his most popular and enduring pieces of fiction. This collection of short stories describes the people that comprise a typical but fictional small town in Ontario - Mariposa. The book's appeal lies in the universality of the characters Leacock describes so eloquently, they live out their 'large' lives in the little town.

  • Number Fifty-Six | Stephen Leacock

    Number Fifty-Six

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    'Number Fifty-Six' is a humorous tale of a Chinese laundryman who gets to know his clients through their laundry habits. He is able to infer much from the state of the various shirts, handkerchiefs, waistcoats which are delivered to him for washing. Of all his clients he is most fascinated by number 56...a man with strangely fluctuating shirt habits. And then one fateful day, a dreadful set of laundry is delivered to him....

  • Nonsense Novels | Stephen Leacock

    Nonsense Novels

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Nonsense Novels was first published in 1920 yet a century later remains a huge favorite among Stephen Leacock fans. The British-born Canadian writer was renowned for his humor, and Nonsense Novels epitomizes both this skill and his mastery of the ridiculous. From an ill-fated Middle Ages romance to the dubious skills of a pitiful private eye and the happy outcome of a generations-old Scottish feud, Nonsense Novels is a tremendous listen.

  • Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich | Stephen Leacock

    Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of the most widely read authors in the English-speaking world and was considered by Jack Benny and Groucho Marx to be one of the greatest comic writers of all time.

  • Literary Lapses | Stephen Leacock

    Literary Lapses

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Born in England in 1869, Stephen Leacock would immigrate to Canada and become a teacher, political scientist, and writer. He would ultimately come to be best known and loved as a humourist. Literary Lapses was first published as a collection of sketches in 1910, although many of the individual stories were first printed in various newspapers and periodicals, such as Punch, New York Life, and the Detroit Free Press.

  • Winsome Winnie | Stephen Leacock

    Winsome Winnie

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Stephen Leacock was a prolific and brilliant writer, whose tongue-in-cheek writings have been amusing Canadian fans for decades. He first published Winsome Winnie in 1920 as part of a compendium of short stories entitled Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels. It relates the trials and tribulations of the recently orphaned and penniless Winnifred Clair.

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