High Spirits

High Spirits

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
Robertson Davies first hit upon the notion of writing ghost stories when he joined the University of Toronto's Massey College as a Master. Wishing to provide entertainment at the College's Gaudy Night, the annual Christmas party, Professor Davies created a "spooky story," which he read aloud to the gathering. That story, "Revelation from a Smoky Fire," is the first in this wonderful, haunting collection. A tradition quickly became established and, for eighteen years, Davies delighted and amused the Gaudy Night guests with his tales of the supernatural. Here, gathered together in one volume, are those eighteen stories, just as Davies first read them.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an entertaining and witty collection of eighteen stories about ghosts and other haunting tales of the supernatural, including such notable literary apparitions as Ibsen and Charles Dickens. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2002, c1982
ISBN: 9780142002469
0142002461
Branch Call Number: PB FIC DAV
Characteristics: 198 p. ;,20 cm.

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KateHillier Aug 15, 2013

Roberston Davies and ghost stories? Say no more! I don't know why I expected something absolutely bone chilling considering his normal fare but what I got was better. Eighteen ghost stories he told to U of T students - one of my alma maters - and all of them are quirky and funny and erudite just as much as the rest of his work. I had a great time reading them and had to giggle and smirk a bit as his very Canadian references. As per usual I cannot praise Davies enough, he is one of my favourite writers and I think he needs far more exposure than just to Canadians.

If you like the idea of a haunted university with mostly benign ghosts. Famous leaders, academics, and others abound and all are very funny. It would have been great to hear these in person. I wonder if a recording exists anywhere...

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