Sunday, 19 September 2010

Collins White Circle Authors - Part X - Leacock (1)

One hundred years ago this fall Stephen Leacock's first collection of humorous stories, Literary Lapses, was published. The book was published at Leacock's expense by the Gazette Printing Company, Limited of Montreal.

In 1945 Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd published the first Canadian paperback edition as number 213 in their White Circle imprint. Collins also published Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town in 1942 as White Circle 39 and again in 1945 as 223.

Literary Lapses wasn't Leacock's first book. In his capacity as an academic three non-fiction books had already been published. Throughout his career Leacock continued to publish these sorts of books, all of which are forgotten today, as well as collections of humorous stories. Here are two of these post-Sunshine books.

White Circle 213

White Circle 39

White Circle 223

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1928

Short Circuits back

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1945

While There Is Time back

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