His father, Senator William Rupert Davies, was a newspaperman from WelshpoolWalesand both parents were voracious readers. He followed in their footsteps and read everything he could. He also participated in theatrical productions as a child, where he developed a lifelong interest in drama.
Many of those readers eagerly snapped up the three interlinked novels Davies wrote in the Eighties, set in a small academic community, r In the Seventies and Eighties, most Americans who developed a fondness for the novels of the late Robertson Davies started out with the three novels hitched together as the DEPTFORD TRILOGY, which chronicled the life of Canada in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century through the eyes of three not-quite-friends from the same village of Deptford, Ontario.
But it would be a shame if fans, or newcomers to Davies writings, overlooked the three novels Davies wrote back in the Fifties, known together as The Salterton Trilogy: The novels have to do with non-earthshaking events: These books have a largely overlapping cast, and are social comedies yeasty enough to be interesting, yet not relentlessly satiric.
Are the books as wide-ranging as the novels set in Deptford and greater Canada, or as intellectual as those set later on, in Toronto? During the whole triology, real amusement is to be had, and the largely overlapping cast of characters lets the featured Saltertonians grow and develop as characters might in a large Russian novel.
Robertson Davies is known for his deep, detailed look at communities and strange happenings. "The Salterton Trilogy" is no exception: a well-written, often funny and sometimes poignant look at the odd occupants of Salterton, the deceptively quaint Canadian city with two cathedrals and one university. Robertson Davies: For those who prefer their slices of small-town Canadian life a bit less brooding, there’s Robertson Davies, that white-bearded font of plays, critical essays, reportage, and fiction, including his three trilogies, The Salterton Trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy, and The Cornish Trilogy. Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic," Robertson Davies’s acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.
In particular, Americans who remember their non-big-city roots will note with a mixture of fondness and irritation that smallish municipalities on either side of the border resemble or resembled each other greatly, even if down here the Tory establishment went by other names.
Which is the best of the three?Davies is an elegant writer whose assured handling of characters is a joy to behold. He understands the frailties of people so well and plays them out in his wonderfully imagined world. Leaven of Malice is a simple story beautifully told with a cast of individuals who all have their tale to tell/5.
|Robertson Davies - Wikipedia||But when he sold the book to an American publisher, the editors insisted he change the setting to Akron, Ohio, which would be more familiar to American readers.|
William Robertson Davies, CC OOnt FRSC FRSL was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor.
He was one of Canada's best known and most popular authors and one of its most distinguished "men of letters", a term Davies is variously said to have both gladly accepted for himself and to have detested.
Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate residential . Product Description: Robertson Davies gave many speeches over the years, and one of his favourite topics at these events was reading. The greater part of this collection is speeches, made throughout his life; also included are essays, ghost stories, and a children's short story.
The Salterton Trilogy includes Tempest-Tost (), Leaven of Malice (), and A Mixture of Frailties ().
This was Davies' first set of novels. The stories all begin in the Canadian city of Salterton and two young people, Solly Bridgetower and Pearl Veronica Vambrace, provide a connecting thread of sorts between the books/5.
trilogy, series of novels by Robertson Davies, consisting of Tempest-Tost (), Leaven of Malice (), and A Mixture of Frailties (). The Lyre of Orpheus Lyre of Orpheus, novel by Robertson Davies, published in Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic," Robertson Davies's acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.