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Literary Lapses

Stephen Leacock

Book Overview: 

Short sketches relating the humourous side of life.

"Professor Leacock has made more people laugh with the written word than any other living author. One may say he is one of the greatest jesters, the greatest humorist of the age." – A. P. Herbert

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And now let us talk, dear, as one heart to another. Remember always that if a girl is to have your heart she must be worthy of you. When you look at your own bright innocent face in the mirror, resolve that you will give your hand to no girl who is not just as innocent as you are and no brighter than yourself. So that you must first find out how innocent she is. Ask her quietly and frankly—remember, dear, that the days of false modesty are passing away—whether she has ever been in jail. If she has not (and if YOU have not), then you know that you are dealing with a dear confiding girl who will make you a life mate. Then you must know, too, that her mind is worthy of your own. So many men to-day are led astray by the merely superficial graces and attractions of girls who in reality possess no mental equipment at all. Many a man is bitterly disillusioned after marriage when he realises that his wife cannot solve a quadratic equation, and that he is compelled . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this mostly because my memory of Sunshine Sketches was a little too vague to legitimately support the idea that the Stephen Leacock prize was awarded to works (like The Best Laid Plans) that were outclassed by Leacock's own work. After reading Literary Lapses I would temper my judgment, but i

Leacock was a humorist genius loved by Groucho Marx and many others for his comic chops, great emotional detail of humor. Using the fictional English royal family, the Oxheads, he detailed the mythic cowardice of Lord Oxhead's family, several members of which are set up to be admired and then we see

Dry, witty, and charming, this collection of short stories will leave you so amazed you'll be asking yourself, 'just how did he manage to arrange the words so artfully?'

An old favourite - but I find that it has dated a bit on rereading. Except for The Magician's Revenge, I didn't find the remaining ones riotously funny. Still, four stars for the book which introduced me to this hilarious writer!

Poviedky miestami absurdnejšie ako tie cesty bratislavskou MHD, počas ktorých som ich väčšinou čítala

This collection of sketches and stories is absolutely hilarious. Stephen Leacock is one of the truly great humorists of the 20th Century. At their best these pieces are delightful and ingenious. One of Leacock's many areas of expertise in the art of comedic writing is to exploit the device of misapp

This is an all-time classic. Even though it is SO OLD (first published 1910!) it surely gives you a good laugh. And maybe a snip of nostalgia for good ol' times :) In Czech as "Literární poklesky" in a brilliant translation. An ideal gift even for people who do not read really much, as the short sto

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