Sun­shine Sketches of a Lit­tle Town

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Stephen Lea­cock, de­signed and il­lus­trated by Seth McClel­land & Stewart, $255 pages, $35 THIS lux­ury edi­tion of the first master­piece of Cana­dian hu­mour has been given pre­mium treat­ment, with heavy, high-gloss stock and new il­lus­tra­tions by the Guelph-based il­lus­tra­tor and graphic nov­el­ist Seth. Lea­cock’s time­less sto­ries about the poobahs of fic­tional Mari­posa, Ont., are de­picted by Seth in duo-tone brown im­ages call­ing to mind the linocut draw­ings that be­came fash­ion­able in the first half of the 20th cen­tury. Lea­cock’s sketches, first pub­lished in 1912, re­tain their power to amuse, just as Mari­posa it­self re­mains “a per­fect hive of ac­tiv­ity.”

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