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Robertson Davies

Magician of Words

by (author) Nicholas Maes

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2009
Category
Literary, Editors, Journalists, Publishers, Educators
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770705050
    Publish Date
    Mar 2009
    List Price
    $7.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550028720
    Publish Date
    Mar 2009
    List Price
    $19.99

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Born in Thamesville, Ontario, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston in the 1930’s, and editor and later publisher of the Peterborough Examiner from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, playwright, essayist, critic, professor, and novelist Robertson Davies (1913-1995) was one of Canada’s pre-eminent literary voices for more than a half-century.
Davies, with his generous beard and donnish manner, was the very epitome of the "man of letters," a term he abhorred. Best known for his Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders), he also wrote two other trilogies (Salterton and Cornish) and was at work on the third volume of another trilogy (Toronto) when he died. With a life as rich in character and colour as that found in his fiction and essays, Davies had a great fondness for magic and myth, both of which are found in abundance in his work, along with a prodigious streak of wry humour.

About the author

Nicholas Maes is a high-school history teacher and also teaches classics at the University of Waterloo. His previous novels for young people are Crescent Star, Locksmith and Laughing Wolf, which was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. Maes is also the author of Robertson Davies: Magician of Words. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

...an honest portrait that shows how Davies family and early years shaped his writing.

Guelph Mercury

Nicholas Maes, a high school history teacher and university lecturer in classics, has produced a balanced biography of Robertson Davies...a good introduction to the man and his work.

CM Magazine

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