Stephen Butler Leacock (1869 -1944) was a Canadian writer and
economist. Leacock, always of obvious intelligence, was sent to the
elite private school of Upper Canada College in Toronto, where he
was top of the class and so popular he was chosen as head boy.
Early in his career Leacock turned to fiction, humour, and short
reports to supplement and ultimately exceed his regular income. His
stories, first published in magazines in Canada and the United
States and later in novel form became extremely popular around the
world. It was said in 1911 that more people had heard of Stephen
Leacock than had heard of Canada. Although he wrote learned
articles and books related to his field of study, his political
theory is now all but forgotten. Leacock was awarded the Royal
Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal in 1937, nominally for his
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