Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town

Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town

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This vintage book contains Stephen Leacock's 1912 sequence of stories, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town". Commonly hailed as being amongst the most important examples of humorous Canadian literature, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" is set in Mariposa, a microcosm of Canadian society populated by hilarious small-town stereotypes. Contents include: "The Hostelry of Mr. Smith", "The Speculations of Jefferson Thorpe", "The Marine Excursions of the Knights of Pythias", "The Ministrations of the Rev. Mr. Drone", "The Whirlwind Campaign in Mariposa", "The Beacon on the Hill", "The Extraordinary Entanglement of Mr. Pupkin", "The Fore-ordained Attachment of Zena Pepperleigh and Peter Pupkin", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. This book was first published in 1912.
Publisher: [United States] : Fitts Press : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 9781447480877
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 22, 2012

A wonderful piece of Canadian literature! A must read!

Jan 03, 2012

Amusing and charming even after 100 years. The little town of Mariposa is so welcoming, the characters so recognizable, its streets so warm and its lifestyle so accommodating. It makes me long for bygone times; can you miss something you never had?

Sep 04, 2011

A must read, canadian book.

Oct 03, 2010

Stephen Leacock is hilarious! I never knew that he was a comedic writer, but this book is delightful and enjoyable!


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Jan 03, 2012

Very soon after graduation I had forgotten the languages [I studied], and found myself intellectually bankrupt. In other words I was what is called a distinguished graduate, and, as such, I took to school teaching as the only trade I could find that needed neither experience nor intellect. I spent my time from 1891 to 1899 on the staff of Upper Canada College, an experience which has left me with a profound sympathy for the many gifted and brilliant men who are compelled to spend their lives in the most dreary, the most thankless, and the worst paid profession in the world. I have noted that of my pupils, those who seemed laziest and the least enamoured of books are now rising to eminence at the bar, in business, and in public life; the really promising boys who took all the prizes are now able with difficulty to earn the wages of a clerk in a summer hotel or a deck hand on a canal boat.

Jan 03, 2012

How the fire started no one ever knew. There was a queer story that went about to the effect that Mr. Smith and Mr. Gingham’s assistant had been seen very late that night carrying an automobile can of kerosene up the street. But that was amply disproved by the proceedings of the court, and by the evidence of Mr. Smith himself. He took his dying oath,—not his ordinary one as used in the License cases, but his dying one,—that he had not carried a can of kerosene up the street, and that anyway it was the rottenest kind of kerosene he had ever seen and no more use than so much molasses. So that point was settled.

Jan 03, 2012

Mallory Tompkins was a young man with long legs and check trousers who worked on the Mariposa Times-Herald. That was what gave him his literary taste. He used to read Ibsen and that other Dutch author – Bumstone Bumstone, isn’t it? – and you can judge that he was a mighty intellectual fellow. He was so intellectual that he was, as he himself admitted, a complete eggnostic. He and Pupkin used to have the most tremendous arguments about creation and evolution, and how if you study at a school of applied science you learn that there’s no hell beyond the present life.


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