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Stephen Leacock was born in 1869 at Swanmore in Hampshire, England. The family emigrated to Canada in 1976 and settled on a farm near Lake Simcoe. Educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, Stephen Leacock taught first at his own old school of Upper Canada, and later at McGill University, where he rose to be head of the department of economics and political science. His first writings dealt with economics and Canadian history, but gradually as his true genius emerged, he grew further and further away from this field and was attracted into his natural element of pure fun. Now he is remembered solely as a humorist and the author of close to forty books of nonsense, starting with Literary Lapses. At the time of his death in 1944, Leacock left four completed chapters of what was to have been his autobiography. These were published posthumously under the title, The Boy I Left Behind Me. In 1946, it was decided by the Leacock Society to present a silver medal annually to the best book of humour published in Canada during the year. The Leacock Medal has become one of the outstanding awards in the literary world.



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