Robertson Davies

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Davies, Robertson

(William Robertson Davies) (dā`vĭs), 1913–95, Canadian writer and editor. After receiving a B.Litt. from Oxford (1938), he joined the Old Vic Theatre Company before returning to Canada (1940) as an editor. In 1963 he became the first master of Massey College, a graduate college of the Univ. of Toronto; he retired in 1981. During his long literary career he produced more than 30 works of fiction as well as plays, essays, and criticism. Among the most important themes explored in his densely plotted novels are the moral dimensions of life, the isolation of the human spirit, and humanity's growth from innocence to experience.

Davies's three novel trilogies deal with life in fictional Ontario villages. The Salterton Trilogy—Tempest-Tost (1951), Leaven of Malice (1954), and A Mixture of Frailties (1958)—is a satiric romance that explores Canadian life and culture. The Deptford Trilogy—Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972), and World of Wonders (1975)—is a richly plotted study of three individuals' journeys to self-discovery that mingles humor, mystery, magic, grotesqueries, and the Jungian theory of archetypes. Later novels include his third trilogy, the Cornish—The Rebel Angels (1981), Bred in the Bone (1985), and The Lyre of Orpheus (1989), as well as The Cunning Man (1995).

Bibliography

See For Your Eye Alone: Letters, 1976–1996 (2001), ed. by J. S. Grant; biography by J. S. Grant (1978, 1994); studies by E. Buitenhuis (1972), P. A. Morley (1977), J. Mills (1984), S. Stone-Blackburn (1985), and M. Peterman (1986).

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HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Livermore 65), Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Diame (Maloney 61), Clucas, Akpom, Hernandez (Meyler 88).
HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diame (Maloney 70), Clucas, Hernandez (Aluko 70), Akpom (Hayden 83).
HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady (Aluko, 75), Hayden (Meyler, 56), Huddlestone, Clucas (Jahraldo-Martin, 84), Akpom, Jelavic.
NEIL CAMERON LINE-UPS AND STATISTICS HULL CITY: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Brady 71), Meyler (Aluko 56), Livermore, Huddlestone, Ramirez, Hernandez (Ince 67), Jelavic.
THE LIKELY LINE-UPS Hull (4-4-1-1): Harper, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko, Jelavic.
HULL: McGregor, Rosenior, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Jelavic, Aluko
With backing from the Conservative member Philip Davies, Robertson (Conservative) and Meale (Labour) have used the parliamentary device to highlight the link between the Tote and racing.
Subs not used: Sarr, Lennon, Mitov, Kennedy HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Clucas 78), Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone (Hayden 58), Aluko, Jelavic, Akpom (Hernandez 64).
EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, Besic, McGeady, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku HULL: McGregor, Rosenior, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Jelavic, Aluko REFEREE: Robert Madley TV: Match of the Day, BBC1, 10.
HULL CITY: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Huddlestone (Rosenior 64), Livermore, Ben Arfa (Meyler 57), Ramirez, Brady (Quinn 87), Jelavic.
HULL: Harper, Rosenior, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Diame, Jelavic, Hernandez
Right: Magpies manager Alan Pardew watches on, having received Mike Ashley's backing LINE-UPS AND STATISTICS NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-3-2-1): Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, HULL CITY (3-5-2): McGregor; Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Rosenior Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote (Ameobi 85), Gouffran (Perez 90); Cabella, Colback; Riviere (Cisse 69).