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humanities 261 university of toronto quarterly, volume 73, number 1, winter 2003/4 restrictions on the social lives of the women of Annesley Hall. Addison had a vision for her residents, and she was proud to see many of them sought after for employment they earned degrees at the university. O=Grady focuses on Addison=s achievements in the public and professional realms, but there is very little exploration of her social or personal life. Perhaps little evidence of it remains. There are glimpses of Addison=s friendship with Helena Coleman, a Canadian poet who lived in Toronto and who trained as a teacher with Addison. There are interesting details, such as the following description dated 1916: >A little club of friends centred around Helena Coleman met regularly to have dinner together and to discuss learned topics such as Hillaire Belloc=s writings or Bergson=s philosophy.= More information or explanations of how Addison spent her leisure timeBsuch as it was, for O=Grady writes about the laborious letterwriting , secretarial work, decision-making, and rule-enforcing entailed in Addison=s job at Annesley B to counter the historical stoicism of the study would make the portrayal of Addison more well-rounded. In the end, O=Grady assesses that Addison is best remembered as a >transitional figure= from today=s perspective: >If on the one hand she brought the values of an earlier era into the twentieth century, on the other she brought into the university some of the ideals articulated in the twentieth century: a woman=s right to develop her intellect and study any subject on the college curriculum; careers for women in new spheres; a religion freed from narrowly moralistic prohibitions; and free choice and responsibility for college students within practicable limits.= In her study of Margaret Addison, Jean O=Grady intertwines Canada=s women=s history, educational history, and cultural history. This study marks the continuation of serious, academic recovery work of early Canada and its long-forgotten foremothers. (JENNIFER CHAMBERS) Stephen Leacock. Leacock on Life. Edited by Gerald Lynch University of Toronto Press. xxviii, 210. $24.95 Whether engaging in verbal sleight of hand or voicing a provocative opinion on a social and political question, Stephen Leacock B professor, social critic, amateur historian, platform entertainer, and humorist B was a master of drollery and incisive commentary. Most of his books are still worth reading today in spite of the passage of nearly a hundred years since the publication of his two most famous works of humour, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914). It was not just what Leacock said that stands the test of time but the brilliant, effervescent way in which he said it. Admittedly, we may not always agree with Leacock=s sentiments, reflecting the cultural bias of an earlier age, but that is no matter. His captivating expression, >riding madly off in all 262 letters in canada 2002 university of toronto quarterly, volume 73, number 1, winter 2003/4 directions= (from >Gertrude the Governess= in Nonsense Novel), for example, has been used so often that it is the name of a comedy show and the title of a book by Ronald Bell. We forget that the Mariposa Folk Festival, first held in Orillia, Ontario in July 1960, has its origins in Leacock=s fictional town in Sunshine Sketches. In short, Leacock=s legacy B his centrality as a pre-eminent humorist and insightful essayist B is perhaps stronger now than ever as new generations of readers discover his works. Leacock on Life is a fascinating compendium of Leacock=s wit and humour. It is a selection of his aphorisms, parodies, and anecdotes and excerpts of his views on a variety of topics from the serious to the farcical. Similar anthologies of the writings of other authors and thinkers can be found under the generic titles of The Wit and Wisdom of ... or The Sayings of ... The editor of this volume of Leacockiana, Gerald Lynch, is an able critic and interpreter of Leacock=s work and an accomplished novelist in his own right. Lynch is certainly a keen reader of Leacock=s books, finding literary...

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ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 261-263
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-02
Open Access
No
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