Good blast of fresh, invigorating air for writing courses, as Leacock, with an ear for absurdities and an eye for human failings in reading and writing, talks pleasantly about the art of writing, which he thinks available to anyone who can think. No hand-guide-book this, but wholesome investigation of how to start, of grammar, words, language, sentences, narration and description, slang, characterization, and various types of writing. He offers easily understood signposts of what to do and what not to do. Serious, basically, but the commonsense is plumpudding full of gay illustrative material. For Leacock fans -- and for a general audience interested in the topic.