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Robertson Davies Biography
Robertson Davies (August 28, 1913 - December 2, 1995) was a Canadian author.

Growing up, Davies was surrounded by language. His father was a newspaper man, and both his parents were voracious readers. He, in turn, read everything he could. While Davies spent his first twenty-three working years at various newspapers in small town Ontario, his first passion was for the theatre, which is where he met and married his wife, Brenda. He was a playwright and director for many years, in England and Canada.

Davies later became the Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto (1961-1981).

His greatest novel is probably Fifth Business (1970), a curious book which draws heavily on Davies's love of myth and knowledge of small-town mores. The narrator, like Davies, is of immigrant Canadian background, with a father who runs the town paper. In a book full of singular characters, the central character is a simple, mentally defective woman named Mary Dempster, who may or may not be a saint.

Plays, novels, and other published writing:

The Salterton Trilogy:
Leaven of Malice
A Mixture of Frailties
The Deptford Trilogy:
Fifth Business
The Manticore
World of Wonders
The Cornish Trilogy:
The Rebel Angels
What's Bred in the Bone
The Lyre of Orpheus
The papers of Samuel Marchbanks
The Cunning Man
Murther and Walking Spirits
High Spirits
One Half of Robertson Davies
A Voice From the Attic
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