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Robertson Davies (1913–1995)

Forfatter af 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 vis mere 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) vis mindre


Værker af Robertson Davies

Fifth Business (1970) 3,236 eksemplarer, 87 anmeldelser
The Deptford Trilogy (1970) 2,562 eksemplarer, 39 anmeldelser
What's Bred in the Bone (1985) 1,922 eksemplarer, 25 anmeldelser
De oprørske engle (1981) 1,672 eksemplarer, 29 anmeldelser
The Manticore (1972) 1,579 eksemplarer, 33 anmeldelser
The Cunning Man (1994) 1,566 eksemplarer, 29 anmeldelser
The Lyre of Orpheus (1988) 1,399 eksemplarer, 18 anmeldelser
World of Wonders (1975) 1,345 eksemplarer, 24 anmeldelser
Murther and Walking Spirits (1991) 1,186 eksemplarer, 18 anmeldelser
The Salterton Trilogy (1951) 1,102 eksemplarer, 13 anmeldelser
The Cornish Trilogy (1981) 1,036 eksemplarer, 19 anmeldelser
Leaven of Malice (1954) 594 eksemplarer, 24 anmeldelser
High Spirits (1982) 587 eksemplarer, 11 anmeldelser
Tempest-Tost (1951) 537 eksemplarer, 28 anmeldelser
A Mixture of Frailties (1958) 505 eksemplarer, 15 anmeldelser
The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks (1985) 383 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
A Voice from the Attic: Essays on the Art of Reading (1960) 263 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Happy Alchemy: On the Pleasures of Music and the Theatre (1997) 245 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
One Half of Robertson Davies (1977) 207 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1979) 177 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
For Your Eye Alone: The Letters of Robertson Davies (1999) 170 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
A Gathering of Ghost Stories (1995) 138 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Reading and Writing (1993) 51 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Samuel Marchbanks' Almanack (1967) 47 eksemplarer
The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks (1947) 38 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks (1949) 36 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Masque of Mr. Punch (1963) 10 eksemplarer
Shakespeare for Young Players (1942) 10 eksemplarer
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (1955) 10 eksemplarer
A Christmas Carol Re-harmonized (1995) 8 eksemplarer
Four Favourite Plays (1968) 7 eksemplarer
A Masque of Aesop (1952) 7 eksemplarer
Animal U. (1995) 5 eksemplarer
Stephen Leacock (1970) 5 eksemplarer
A jig for the gypsy 4 eksemplarer
At My Heart's Core (1950) 3 eksemplarer
Hunting Stuart & Other Plays (1972) 3 eksemplarer
Question time : a play 2 eksemplarer
Selected plays (2008) 1 eksemplar
Renown at Stratford 1 eksemplar
Dickens Digested 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy (1915) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver64 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Northern Suns : The New Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1999) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Arthurian Poets: Edwin Arlington Robinson (1990) — Note, nogle udgaver22 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Curiosity Recaptured: Exploring Ways We Think & Move (1996) — Forord — 17 eksemplarer
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Not to be Taken at Night (1981) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer

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Canadian Author Challenge — January: Robertson Davies & Kim Thúy i 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (februar 2016)
Davies - The Deptford Trilogy - discussion i Literary Centennials (december 2012)
Davies - The Toronto Trilogy - discussion i Literary Centennials (december 2012)
Davies - The Salterton Trilogy i Literary Centennials (december 2012)
Davies - The Cornish Trilogy - discussion i Literary Centennials (december 2012)


Very funny and considering that most of are written 70 years ago or more brings to mind the saying the more things change the more they stay the same.
charlie68 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 19, 2024 |
In the second volume of the Deptford trilogy we see the Staunton family through the eyes of David, the son and hard drinking criminal lawyer. But most remarkably we see Jungian analysis at work, as the greater part of the novel is concerned with David's analysis. He has moved to Zurich to pursue this course, following his alarming outburst at Eisengrim's show in Toronto that closed [b:Fifth Business|76896|Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy #1)|Robertson Davies|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1368313688s/76896.jpg|603433]. He fears he is losing control of himself and seeks treatment, which exposes him to the expression of Jungian archetypes throughout his life and leaves him with the question of whether or not he can live as the Hero, exploring his true self.

The Jungian core of the novel is interesting and got me looking at Jung's [b:The Red Book: Liber Novus|6454477|The Red Book Liber Novus|C.G. Jung|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349565532s/6454477.jpg|6644707], which quickly proved too much to handle lightly; serious dedication will be required to get through that work. It is the wellspring of Jung's system and thought, what the character Liesl is referring to when she talks to David in the book's latter, more philosophical and inspirational coda about Jung, and Freud, and Adler:
Davey, did you ever think that these three men who were so splendid at understanding others had first to understand themselves? It was from their self-knowledge that they spoke. They did not go trustingly to some doctor and follow his lead because they were too lazy or too scared to make the inward journey alone. They dared heroically. And it should never be forgotten that they made the inward journey while they were working like galley-slaves at their daily tasks, considering other people's troubles, raising families, living full lives. They were heroes, in a sense that no space-explorer can be a hero, because they went into the unknown absolutely alone.

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lelandleslie | 32 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
In an age when all the best books fill five hundred pages with ten years of a character's life, this fresh breeze billows through seventy years in under three hundred. It's an erudite novel, full of references to psychology and mythology, with a capable hand reaching into the realm of religion, bringing out miracles and magic. Much to my surprise it also revealed the origin of Eisenheim, "The Illusionist", as Davies' Eisengrim, who would travel through Milhauser's Ellis Island before emerging under his changed name in cinema.

This first novel in the Deptford Trilogy is told by Dunstan (Dunstable) Ramsay, born in rural Canada to Scots parentage. Though becoming a history master at a private boys school in Toronto, he remains enmeshed with the lives of three people from his native village. Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton threw a vindictive snowball at him as a child, and the two maintain a mutually beneficial friendship as Boy becomes a business tycoon, government minister, and one of the richest men in Canada. That vindictive snowball hit the head of Mary Dempster, wife of the unintelligently devout Methodist minister. Mary becomes Ramsay's fool-saint and lodestar, though held in a private psychiatric hospital. That vindictive snowball sent Mary into premature labor, and her son Paul, later Eisengrim, was born. Ramsay, surveying saints, and Paul, mastering magic, reunite first in Europe, later in Mexico, and decades hence in Toronto, with terrible consequences for Boy.

This smart and entertaining novel is said to be Davies' best; how well his two sequels continue the story down different paths, I am eager to discover.

I am an old man and my life has been spent as a soldier of Christ, and I tell you that the older I grow the less Christ's teaching says to me. I am sometimes very conscious that I am following the path of a leader who died when He was less than half as old as I am now. I know things He seems never to have known. Everybody wants a Christ for himself and those who think like him. Very well, am I at fault for wanting a Christ who will show me how to be an old man? All Christ's teaching is put forward with the dogmatism, the certainty, and the strength of youth: I need something that takes account of the accretion of experience, the sense of paradox and ambiguity that comes with years! I think after forty we should recognize Christ politely but turn for our comfort and guidance to God the Father, and to the Holy Ghost, who possesses a wisdom beyond that of the incarnated Christ.
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lelandleslie | 86 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |


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