Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies

Magician of Words

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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.


Robertson Davies (19131995) was one of Canadas pre-eminent literary voices for more than a half-century. Best known for his Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders), Davies led a life as rich in character and colour as that found in his fiction and essays.

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Robertson Davies (1913-1995) was one of Canada's pre-eminent literary voices for more than a half-century. Best known for his Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders), Davies led a life as rich in character and colour as that found in his fiction and essays.


Born in Thamesville, Ontario, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston in the 1930s, 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.



Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781550028720
Branch Call Number: BIO Davies MAE
Characteristics: 221 p. :,ill., ports. ;,22 cm.

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