Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: Intro by Will Ferguson
Penguin Group (Canada) 2006
Penguin Black Classics Series
Hardcover – ISBN 978-0-670-06508-0
INTRODUCTION BY WILL FERGUSON
Stephen Leacock was one of the bestselling English-language humorists in the world. Referred to as “The Canadian Mark Twain,” his most famous book was Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, published in 1912.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, which first appeared as a newspaper serial, chronicles life in the fictional community of Mariposa, modelled on Orillia, Ontario, where Leacock spent many summers. It’s a brilliant satire about small towns, small-town people, and small-town occurrences.
Life in Mariposa is never dull or ordinary. It’s a town full of eccentrics, where boats sent to rescue passengers from a sinking steamer have to be rescued themselves, where the leading citizen is a 280-pound illiterate saloonkeeper, and where a barber who stumbles into a fortune is heralded as a financial wizard.
“Leacock had a wonderful ear for dialogue and was superbly skilled in creating polished, self-contained scenes and in evoking character with a few sure strokes.” — Will Ferguson
“…Canada’s Mark Twain.” —Toronto Star
“…is as funny now as if was then, and its winning comedy comes directly from Leacock’s humanity.” —Toronto Star
WILL FERGUSON is the three-time Leacock Medal for Humour award-winning author of Happiness™, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw and Beyond Belfast. He lives in Calgary with his wife and their two sons.
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