Stephen Leacock Biography
Birthday: December 30, 1869 (Capricorn)
Born In: Swanmore, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Stephen Butler Leacock was an English-born Canadian writer, teacher, political scientist and humorist. He was a polyglot having proficiency in English, French and German. Leacock’s stories are masqueraded with humor and mainly revolve around himself and his life-events. His works reflect a noticeable satirical element - a fine line between hilarity and absurdity. Leacock was always an educator and this trait was clearly visible in all his literary and creative pursuits. He efficiently combined pathos with satire and topped it with subtlety and irony. He always saw ‘humor’ as the ultimate expression of human kindness and progress and during ‘Great Depression’ he attempted to soothe the miserable souls through his writings. Leacock was traditionally conservative, which was clearly evident in his satiric norm and the way he valued the community over the individual. Although people disapproved of his dependency on a ‘lesser-known genre’, he remained devoted to his first love, humor.