The Stephen Leacock Picture Book


This new bok is a pictorial treasure, tracing the life of Canada’s first and foremost man of letters, a legendary teacher and a world-renowned humourist. More than one hundred photographs are reproduced, most drawn from the archives of the Stephen Leacock Museum, housed in the Leacock estate, The Old Brewery Bay in Orillia, Ontario, and published here for the first time. The rest are portraits by famed photographer Yousuf Karsh.

In this exclusive collection, we follow Stephen Leacock from his birth in England through his upbringing in Canada and his emergence as an internally acclaimed author and humourist. We see the author on formal occasions and in lighter moments, and we become engrossed in the world that inspired the stories the world has come to love.


"This book is great fun... A visual feast."

Canadian Book Review Annual

About the Authors

James A. “Pete” McGarvey

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

James A. “Pete” McGarvey

James A. "Pete" McGarvey has spent nearly half a century in Ontario radio. In the 70s and 80s he was a commentator on Toronto's CKEY. When in 1957 McGarvey was named Orillia's Citizen of the Year for his efforts to preserve The Old Brewery Bay, the Orillia Packet and Times wrote "[He] patiently persevered in the long and difficult negotiations with a host of lawyers, owners, potential owners, advisers and hangers-on ...

Daphne Mainprize

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
Daphne Mainprize photo

Daphne Mainprize

Daphne Mainprize is the curator emeritus of the Stephen Leacock Museum, a National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario. She is the co-author of The Stephen Leacock Picture Book with James A. “Pete” McGarvey. Daphne lives in Orillia, Ontario.