How do you write an accurate life of someone who lied for the fun of it? Busby is assiduous in tracking down the facts but sometimes he has to acknowledge that they do not carry him all the way to the truth. Never mind. A Gentleman of Pleasure is a thorough and thoroughly entertaining study of Canada's foremost literary charlatan and it is only appropriate if the reader is sometimes left wondering what's the truth and what's just truthiness.
Historian Daniel Francis in the latest issue of Geist.