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Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies, novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, was born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario. He was educated at Queen's University, Toronto, and Balliol College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he became interested in the theatre and from 1938 until 1940 he was a teacher and actor at the Old Vic in London. He subsequently wrote a number of plays. In 1940 he returned to Canada, where he was literary editor of Saturday Night, an arts, politics and current affairs journal, until 1942, when he became editor and later publisher of the Peterborough Examiner. Several of his books, including The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks and The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks, had their origins in an editorial column. In 1962 he was appointed Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and in 1963 was appointed the first Master of the University's Massey College. He retired in 1981, but remained Master Emeritus and Professor Emeritus. He held honorary doctorates from twenty-six universities in the UK, the USA and Canada, and he received numerous awards for his work, including the Governor-General's Award for The Manticore in 1973. It is as a writer of fiction that Robertson Davies achieved international recognition, with such books as The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven Of Malice, winner of the Leacock Award for Humour, and A Mixture Of Frailties); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World Of Wonders); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, and The Lyre of Orpheus); Murther & Walking Spirits; and The Cunning Man. His other work includes One Half of Robertson Davies, The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies, Robertson Davies: The Well-Tempered Critic, The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks, High Spirits, A Voice From The Attic and The Merry Heart, a posthumous collection of autobiography, lectures and essays. Many of his books are published by Penguin.

Robertson Davies died in December 1995. Malcolm Bradbury described him as 'one of the great modern novelists', and in its obituary The Times wrote: 'Davies encompassed all the great elements of life...His novels combined deep seriousness and psychological inquiry with fantasy and exuberant mirth.'

Books by Robertson Davies

Un hombre astuto

by (author) Robertson Davies

Asesinato y ánimas en pena

by (author) Robertson Davies

Modern Classics the Cunning Man

by (author) Robertson Davies

World of Wonders

by (author) Robertson Davies

The Manticore

by (author) Robertson Davies

A Mixture of Frailties

by (author) Robertson Davies

The Lyre of Orpheus

by (author) Robertson Davies

What's Bred in the Bone

by (author) Robertson Davies

The Rebel Angels

by (author) Robertson Davies

Tempest-Tost

by (author) Robertson Davies

Leaven of Malice

by (author) Robertson Davies

Fifth Business

by (author) Robertson Davies

A Celtic Temperament

Robertson Davies as Diarist

by (author) Robertson Davies
edited by Jennifer Surridge & Ramsay Derry

Levadura de malicia

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Concha Cardeñoso

A merced de la tempestad

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Concha Cardeñoso

Robertson Davies Giftset

by (author) Robertson Davies

Trilogía de Deptford

El quinto en discordia, Mantícora, El mundo de los prodigios

by (author) Robertson Davies

La lira de Orfeo

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Concha Cardeñoso

Modern Classics Whats Bred in the Bone

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Rosemary Sullivan

Modern Classics Rebel Angels

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Rosemary Sullivan

Modern Classics: The Lyre of Orpheus

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Rosemary Sullivan

Modern Classics Selected Plays Of Robertson Davies

by (author) Robertson Davies

Modern Classics Selected Works On the Art of Writing

by (author) Robertson Davies

Modern Classics Selected Works On the Pleasures of Reading

by (author) Robertson Davies

Lo que arraiga en el hueso

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Concha Cardeñoso

Ángeles rebeldes

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Concha Cardeñoso

High Spirits 25th Anniversary Edition

A Collection Of Ghost Stories

by (author) Robertson Davies

El mundo de los prodigios

by (author) Robertson Davies
translated by Miguel Martínez-Lage

Mantícora

by (author) Robertson Davies

Modern Classics Leaven of Malice

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Margaret MacMillan

Modern Classics: Tempest-Tost

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Margaret MacMillan

Modern Classics: A Mixture of Frailties

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Margaret MacMillan

El quinto en discordia

by (author) Robertson Davies
prologue by Valentí Puig

Penguin Modern Classics Fifth Business

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by M.G. Vassanji

Modern Classics: The Manticore

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by M.G. Vassanji

Modern Classics: World of Wonders

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by M.G. Vassanji

High Spirits

by (author) Robertson Davies

Modern Classics Fifth Business

by (author) Robertson Davies
foreword by Timothy Findley

Happy Alchemy

by (author) Robertson Davies

Merry Heart

by (author) Robertson Davies

Whats Bred In The Bone

by (author) Robertson Davies

Across the Bridge

by (author) Mavis Gallant
afterword by Robertson Davies

Manticore

by (author) Robertson Davies

Cunning Man

by (author) Robertson Davies

Hunting Stuart and The Voice of the People

by (author) Robertson Davies

Fortune, My Foe and Eros at Breakfast

by (author) Robertson Davies

Murther And Walking Spirits

by (author) Robertson Davies

Cornish Trilogy

The Rebel Angels:whats Bred In The Bones;the Lyre Of Orpheus

by (author) Robertson Davies

The Cornish Trilogy

The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, and The Lyre of Orpheus

by (author) Robertson Davies

At My Heart's Core & Overlaid

Two Plays

by (author) Robertson Davies

Voice From The Attic

Essays On The Art Of Reading

by (author) Robertson Davies

The Salterton Trilogy

A Mixture of Frailties, Leaven of Malice, and Tempest-Tost

by (author) Robertson Davies

Salterton Trilogy

by (author) Robertson Davies

Deptford Trilogy

by (author) Robertson Davies

Rebel Angels

by (author) Robertson Davies

Tempest Tost

by (author) Robertson Davies

Mixture Of Frailties

by (author) Robertson Davies