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On the Front Line of Life: Stephen Leacock: Memories and Reflections, 1935

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His quarrel was with academics, but his message was no longer directed to Introduction them. Is a person as totally ignorant of chemistry as I am, as almost totally ignorant of physics, biology, geology as I am, any the worse for it? Someone had built a cedar log house and then covered it round with clapboard, and then someone else had added three rooms stuck along the front with more clapboard, effectually keeping all the sunlight out. See how perplexing it gets? But I hate to report him. Though there seems no reason to question Leacock's story that E. In the last decade of his life, Leacock turned to writing informal essays that blended humour with a conversational style and ripened wisdom to address the issues he cared about most - education, literature, economics, Canada and its place in the world - and to confront the joys and sorrows of his own life.

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A Time Such as There Never Was Before

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I never saw him again. The Homestead Farm, way back upon the Wabash, Or on the Yockikenny, Or somewhere up near Albany — the Charm Was not confined to one, for there were many. In an old civilization things come and go. My Education and What I Think of It Now 1944 5. This applied particularly to a nation which had grown not democratic, but parliamentary, a nation where oratory in the legislature counted for more and more, and where forensic oratory in free and open courts was one of the great highways to success and political preferment. Then Leacock explores retirement and old age and the tragedy of a second world war. In fact, we begin with a posthumously published chapter of autobiography describing his childhood as a boy brought from Introduction England to a farm in Ontario.

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On the front line of life : Stephen Leacock : memories and reflections, 1935

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Till when the ending Twilight came, the loaded Wain With its last, greatest Load turned Home again. It would have been impossible without the wise counsel of David Staines, the advice of His Honour James Bartleman, the assistance of Agathe Blier, and the confidence of Barry Jowett and the staff of Dundurn Press. Nonetheless, by 1936 the crisis in his personal and professional life was coming to a head. The essays are representative of many more that could have been chosen. It is hardly credible to me now, but I know it is a fact that when my brother and I sat round a table doing our lessons or drawing and painting pictures, all the light we had was one tallow candle in the middle of the table.

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On the Front Line of Life

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We lived in an isolation unknown, in these days of radio, anywhere in the world. The book's author presents an unrivalled portrait of front-line librarianship that is based upon his unique experience and voice. Then, as the years go by, they come to realize that at a city desk and in a city apartment they never see the sunrise and the sunset, have forgotten what the sky looks like at night and where the Great Dipper is, and find nothing in the angry gusts of wind or the stifling heat of the city streets that corresponds to the wind over the empty fields. But certain things that I was reading the other day, in the English papers, brought the old school back vividly to my mind. My father was to go to Manitoba not on his own initiative — he hadn't any — but at the call of a younger brother who had gone on ahead and was already riding on the crest of the wave. He was devastated by his forced retirement from McGill in 1936, and reacted with a bitterness that embarrassed even some of his friends. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines face pressures and temptations that civilians will never know.

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Alan Bowker: A Time Such as There Never Was Before (ePUB)

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In it we saw the pictures of the Zulu War and the second Afghan War and of Majuba Hill. It was carried on in Latin. He was not wrong in arguing that the solution to economic depression lay in broad enquiry, bold action, and changing people's behaviour and outlook rather than relying only on statistics and theories, social engineering and planning. As for immigration, by the late 1930s he knew that his colonization schemes would not work, if for no other reason than that settlers in the twentieth century would not tolerate conditions he had found unbearable in the nineteenth. They knew nothing of the investigations of natural science, had no vision as to where it was leading, nothing of its application to industry, nothing of industry itself, nothing of finance — in fact, looked at in a proper focus, all that they did know was nothing as compared with the vast portentous knowledge that was rising on the horizon of a changing world. Nothing must stand in the way of the professor's right to think and teach. He was a master at varying his pace, content, rhythm, and mood to catch his audience, hold it, lift it emotionally, make it laugh, deliver punchlines, and leave a serious message.

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On the Front Line of Life (by Alan Bowker)

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Was he not later on assassinated in Rome? It was a plain frame building, decently lighted, with a yard and a pump and a woodpile, in fact all the accessories that went with the academic life of School Section No. There were two teachers, a man teacher and a lady teacher, and it was all plain and decent and respectable, and the education first class, away ahead of the dame-school stuff in England. At eleven years of age I could spell practically anything, knew all there was to know of simple grammar syntax, parsing, analysis beyond which there is nothing worth while anyway, knew Collier's British History and History of English Literature, all the geography of all the countries including Canada the provinces of Canada which had not been in Mother's book , and in arithmetic had grasped the unitary system and all that goes with it and learned how to juggle with vulgar fractions even when piled up like a Chinese pagoda, and with decimals let them repeat as they would. But why should a man spend his busy days in trying to sell things — which he hasn't got — and make things which he never sees? It takes an original new approach to the history of the Great War, bringing home the unimaginable horror by recreating in extraordinary detail the everyday realities of trench life. George's Church at Sibbald's Point, the church where he had first encountered Lake Simcoe as a boy.

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On the Front Line of Life: Stephen Leacock: Memories and Reflections, 1935

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You could be as warm as you liked, according to distance, but the place was never the same two hours running. A gentleman would not chew gum in St. Of course it could not last. The death of his wife had left him a widower, a shuffling, half-shabby figure, familiar on the street, that would have been pathetic but for his indomitable self-belief, the illumination of his mind. Leacock arrives in Ontario; he reaches Manitoba in June 1879. All day the Hay Was drawn that way Hurled in the Mow Up high — and how! Like his friend Macphail, Leacock sometimes did not seem to know what he believed and what he didn't. But languages did at least impose the discipline needed for lifelong learning.

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On the Front Line of Life (by Alan Bowker)

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Now it seems to be gentlemen that are going. But we do not realize its artificial and unnatural character. But naturally his main hold was politics. But it was no good; we wouldn't pay attention, we knew it was only Mother. The other odd grains we had to sell brought nothing much, nor the cattle, poor lean things of the prebreeding days that survived their awful cowshed.

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On the Front Line of Life (by Alan Bowker)

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I always feel that it is out of place in an autobiography to go into such details. There was, a mile away, a school School Section No. With philosophy this did not matter, but the economic collapse and the threat to the social order made it imperative that political economy find answers. Few who read these essays will not learn something new, be entertained, be frustrated, be angry, be moved, but in any case know that this is a man who has something to say, someone whose company they would enjoy. For the same reason he supported the Roosevelt New Deal, even though he believed that in the long run many of its experiments would fail. In this way one could take a birdlike flight over ancient history.

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Alan Bowker

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For the lake, for being on the water, most of them cared nothing. We all drank out of the same tin mug in the schoolyard. But for me the old farm life ended with my going to Upper Canada College in the beginning of the year 1882. But they were also capable of astonishing insight, great humanity, and the right instincts when these were most needed. So here then was the education that went into the rising glory of England and with the earliest beginnings of the United States. But everywhere its vegetation has been cut and trimmed and gardened by the hand of man. He was looking forward to writing a history of the Morgan Company of Montreal.

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