Stephen Leacock’s new home

Here’s a photograph from the September 12 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of the palatial new home of humorist Stephen Leacock.

Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) was widely considered the most famous English-speaking humorist in the world between about 1915 and 1925, and is still considered a Canadian cultural icon by many. His most famous work is probably Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, published in 1912.

His political viewpoints were controversial and possibly even contradictory. He opposed giving the vote to women and was staunchly pro-British to the point of being racist. On the other hand, he strongly supported social welfare and wealth distribution legislation.

The house shown in this photograph is now the Stephen Leacock Museum. Tours are available.

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