Sunshine sketches of a little town
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Sunshine sketches of a little town

By Stephen Leacock
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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Stephen Leacock, first published in 1912. It is generally considered to be one of the most enduring classics of Canadian humorous literature. The fictional setting for these stories is Mariposa, a small town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti. Although drawn from his experiences in Orillia, Ontario, Leacock writes in the introduction: "Mariposa is not a real town. On the contrary, it is about seventy or eighty of them. You may find them all the way from Lake Superior to the sea, with the same square streets and the same maple trees and the same churches and hotels." This work has remained popular for its universal appeal. Many of the characters, though modeled on townspeople of Orillia, are small town archetypes. Their shortcomings and weaknesses are presented in a humorous but affectionate way.

Table of Contents
  • SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • ONE. The Hostelry of Mr. Smith
  • TWO. The Speculations of Jefferson Thorpe
  • THREE. The Marine Excursions of the Knights of Pythias
  • FOUR. The Ministrations of the Rev. Mr. Drone
  • FIVE. The Whirlwind Campaign in Mariposa
  • SIX. The Beacon on the Hill
  • SEVEN. The Extraordinary Entanglement of Mr. Pupkin
  • EIGHT. The Fore-ordained Attachment of Zena Pepperleigh and Peter Pupkin
  • NINE. The Mariposa Bank Mystery
  • TEN. The Great Election in Missinaba County
  • ELEVEN. The Candidacy of Mr. Smith
  • TWELVE. L'Envoi. The Train to Mariposa
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