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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

December 30th, 2002

In 1869, Anglo-Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock (The Garden of Folly, 1924) is born in Swanmore, Hampshire.

Stephen Leacock, b. December 30, 1869, d. 1944

leacock.jpgJudging from book sales, from 1910 to 1925 Leacock was the most widely read English-speaking author in the world. But humorous writing is the most fragile, the most liable not to age well, and now one has to pick and choose from his vast output. It’s worth the effort, though, because, at his best, he is drop-dead hilarious. Get the anthology called Laugh with Leacock and be ready to howl out loud.

Suggested Reading Humor Literary Lapses, 1910. Nonsense Novels, 1911. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, 1912. Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, 1914. Further Foolishness, 1916. The Garden of Folly, 1924. Literary Studies Essays and Literary Studies, 1916. Mark Twain, 1932. Charles Dickens: His Life and Work, 1933.

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