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).


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 CITY: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Huddlestone, N'Diaye, Clucas, Maloney, Grosicki, Niasse TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Son, Alli, Kane REFEREE: Andre Marriner HEAD2HEAD LAST 3 SEASONS: Hull 1 Tottenham 2; Hull 1 Tottenham 1; Hull 1 Tottenham 5 HULL HOME LAST 6 GAMES: DWWWWL TOTTENHAM AWAY LAST 6 GAMES: LWWWLW
Subs not used: Ake, Federici, Fraser, Mings Marshall, Elmohamady, Maguire, Davies, Robertson (Diomande 63), Livermore, Clucas, Mason (Meyler 78), Snodgrass, Maloney (Huddlestone 55), Keane.
HULL: Marshall, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass, Huddlestone (Maguireat 45), Clucas, Mason (Henriksen 73), Diomande (Meyler 33), Hernandez.
Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Clucas (Maloney 83), Snodgrass, Huddlestone, Meyler (Mason 74), Diomande (Keane 70), Hernandez.
BOOKED 2 SENTOFF 0 ONTARGET 4 OFF TARGET 10 HIT W/WORK 0 CORNERS 3 OFFSIDE 0 FOULS 12 HULL Diomande 45 Snodgrass 57 ATTENDANCE: 21,037 Hull: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Snodgrass, Hernandez, Diomande.
HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Maguire, Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass, Livermore, Huddlestone, Maloney (Clucas 81), Akpom (Diomande 90), Hernandez (Diame 68).
Goal: Nugent (90) HULL CITY: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Livermore, Huddlestone, Snodgrass (Elmohamady 78), Diame, Clucas, Aluko (Hernandez 73).
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.
HULL: Marshall: Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass, Henriksen, Huddlestone, Clucas, Mason, Hernandez.
HULL: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass (Elmohamady 76), Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Diame (Maloney 78), Aluko (Hernandez 81).
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.