NCL 10 – Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen B. Leacock


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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock (New Canadian Library N10)

Series One

From the Back Cover:

Published first in 1914, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich swept the continent. Of the many books of Canada’s most beloved humorist, none received more acclaim than this humane and humorous treatment of the glittering rich folk whose habit it was to gather at the Mausoleum Club on Plutoria Avenue. Although Arcadian Adventures has been out of print for many years and hence not as familiar to the general reader as it deserves to be, it is held by Leacock critics to be one of his most delightful works. The present edition is designed to make it available to a new generation of readers.


Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock (New Canadian Library N10)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

First published in 1914, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich swept the continent. Of the many books of Canada’s most beloved humorist, none received more acclaim than this humane and humorous treatment of the glittering rich folk whose habit it was to gather at the Mausoleum Club on Plutoria Avenue. As Ralph Curry says in his excellent introduction to this edition, in Arcadian Adventures Leacock “subordinates his penchant for nonsense and parody to an unrelenting satire on social abuses and pretenses…” The result is a book which not only consistently entertains – but also consistently stimulates – and which many critics feel is one of Leacock’s most brilliant works.


Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

First published in 1914, ARCADIAN ADVENTURES WITH THE IDLE RICH swept the continent. Of the many books by Canada’s most celebrated humorist, none has received more acclaim than this brilliant, caustic treatment of the glittering rich whose habit it was to gather at the Mausoleum Club on Plutoria Avenue.

Today, Leacock’s pointed satire of the privileged class, their social abuses and pretenses, retains every ounce of its freshness and bite. And undisputed comic masterpiece,  ARCADIAN ADVENTURES WITH THE IDLE RICH reveals a depth of compassionate criticism rare in Leacock’s writings.


Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

First published in 1914, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich swept the continent. Of the many books by Canada’s most celebrated humorist, none has received more acclaim than this brilliant, caustic treatment of the glittering rich whose habit it was to gather at the Mausoleum Club on Plutoria Avenue.

Today, Leacock’s pointed satire of the privileged class, their social abuses and pretenses, retains every ounce of its freshness and bite. And undisputed comic masterpiece,  Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich reveals a depth of compassionate criticism rare in Leacock’s writings.


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