Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. A novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, he received numerous awards for his work. It is as a writer of fiction that Robertson Davies achieved international recognition, with such books as The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, and The Lyre of Orpheus); Murther & Walking Spirits, and The Cunning Man. Robertson Davies died in 1995.
Deliciously readable * New York Times *
One of the most remarkable achievements of contemporary fiction * Sunday Times *
Nourishes the brain while it beguiles the senses * Time *
A first-rate storyteller and a real moralist with a crackling sense of humour * Newsweek *
Davies combines elements of the fantastic with details of everyday life to show us a world in which the miraculous coexists with the mundane * New York Times *