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"Robertson Davies is one of the great modern novelists." —Malcolm Bradbury, The Sunday Times (London
"Robertson Davies is a novelist whose books are thick and rich with humor, character and incident. They are plotted with skill and much flamboyance." —The Observer (London)--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Robertson Davies (1913–1995) was born and raised in Ontario, and was educated at a variety of schools, including Upper Canada College, Queen’s University, and Balliol College, Oxford. He had three successive careers: as an actor with the Old Vic Company in England; as publisher of the Peterborough Examiner; and as university professor and first Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, from which he retired in 1981 with the title of Master Emeritus.
He was one of Canada’s most distinguished men of letters, with several volumes of plays and collections of essays, speeches, and belles lettres to his credit. As a novelist, he gained worldwide fame for his three trilogies: The Salterton Trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy, and The Cornish Trilogy, and for later novels Murther & Walking Spirits and The Cunning Man.
His career was marked by many honours: He was the first Canadian to be made an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he was a Companion of the Order of Canada, and he received honorary degrees from twenty-six American, Canadian, and British universities.
The story is everything with Davies books. He captured me with the tale of David Staunton, who is only a minor character in Fifth Business. Read morePublished on May 6 2001 by Steve Sanyal
I really like some of Davies' work for its narrative drive and fresh characterization. However some things continually annoy me about him and they are very present in this novel. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2000 by scott gates
The only bad thing about Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy (FIFTH BUSINESS, THE MANTICORE, WORLD OF WONDERS) is that it had to end! Read morePublished on July 14 1999 by email@example.com