Happy 100th birthday, Robertson Davies!


Robertson Davies was born on this day in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. You may know this esteemed Canadian author from such works such as Fifth Business and Leaven of Malice. During his illustrious career, he wrote 15 novels as well as several plays, essays and one short story collection. He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1955, the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 1972, and was named a companion to the Order of Canada in 1973.

Davies passed away in 1995.

In 1973, he sat down with the CBC's Ramsay Cook to discuss his life and work on the television program Impressions. You can watch their conversation in its entirety in the player above.

As well, we have our own visual tribute to the great Canadian writer: a portrait of his face composed of words from his novel Fifth Business. The design is by Farhang Ghajar.

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You can also check out this 1991 interview between Davies and Eleanor Wachtel.