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Robertson Davies (1913–1995)

Author of Fifth Business

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William Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario in 1913. He taught English at the University of Toronto and was an actor, journalist, and newspaper editor before winning acclaim as a novelist with Tempest-Tost, the first of his Salterton trilogy. His most famous trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy--Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders--develops the earlier Salterton novels. The locale is a fictitious Ontario city that prizes its English tradition, including the Anglican Church and the genealogy of the old families. Robertson's novels have been translated into approximately 20 languages. His masterful story-telling encompasses such issues as evil, love, fear, tradition, and magic as he brings his characters to life with wisdom and humor. Robertson Davies died in 1995. (Bowker Author Biography) Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: first as an actor with the Old Vic Company in England; then as publisher of "The Peterborough Ontario Examiner"; & finally as professor & first master of Massey College at the University of Toronto. With twelve novels & several volumes of essays & plays to his credit, Davies was the first Canadian to be inducted to the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters. His last novel, "The Cunning Man" (Viking 1995), was a national bestseller. (Publisher Provided)
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Fifth Business 3,048 copies, 82 reviews
The Deptford Trilogy 2,447 copies, 39 reviews
What's Bred in the Bone 1,836 copies, 24 reviews
The Rebel Angels 1,596 copies, 28 reviews
The Manticore 1,493 copies, 30 reviews
The Cunning Man 1,491 copies, 28 reviews
The Lyre of Orpheus 1,334 copies, 18 reviews
World of Wonders 1,274 copies, 21 reviews
Murther and Walking Spirits 1,135 copies, 18 reviews
The Salterton Trilogy 1,042 copies, 13 reviews
The Cornish Trilogy 1,002 copies, 18 reviews
Leaven of Malice 555 copies, 22 reviews
High Spirits 553 copies, 11 reviews
Tempest-Tost 499 copies, 26 reviews
A Mixture of Frailties 474 copies, 14 reviews
The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks 363 copies, 2 reviews
One Half of Robertson Davies 195 copies, 4 reviews
A Gathering of Ghost Stories 130 copies, 1 review
Reading and Writing 50 copies, 2 reviews
The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks 33 copies, 1 review
Animal U. 4 copies
Marginalac 1 copy

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