Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich is a work of humorous fiction by Stephen Leacock first published in 1914. It is the follow-up to his 1912 classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Like that work, it is a sequence of interlocking stories set in one town, but instead of focusing on a small Canadian town in the countryside, it is set in a major American metropolis and its characters are the upper crust of society.

Although currently not as well known as the earlier book, Arcadian Adventures was extremely popular in North America at the time of its publication and for a while was considered the greater success.[1] It was also translated and published by the Bolshevik government soon after the 1917 revolution and it became a bestseller in the Soviet Union.[2][3]

The fourth story in the book features a character that caricatures the religious leader 'Abdu'l-Bahá, who visited Leacock's resident city of Montreal in 1912.[4]


  1. A Little Dinner with Mr. Lucullus Fyshe
  2. The Wizard of Finance
  3. The Arrested Philanthropy of Mr. Tomlinson
  4. The Yahi-Bahi Oriental Society of Mrs. Rasselyer-Brown
  5. The Love Story of Mr. Peter Spillikins
  6. The Rival Churches of St. Asaph and St. Osoph
  7. The Ministrations of the Rev. Uttermust Dumfarthing
  8. The Great Fight for Clean Government

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McMillan, Eric. The rich are not as funny as you and I. Accessed on: 19-05-2008 Archived January 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Stephen Leacock And The Left. Accessed on: 19-05-2008
  3. ^ Glavin, Terry. Stephen Harper is no Tory. February 2, 2006. Accessed on: 19-05-2008
  4. ^ Wagner, Ralph D. Yahi-Bahi Society of Mrs. Resselyer-Brown, The. Accessed on: 19-05-2008

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