Robertson Davies: writer, cat person, model Canadian

On December 2, 1995, Canada lost one of its most iconic authors. Robertson Davies, author of Fifth Business and Leaven of Malice, among many other classics, lived to be 82 years old. In the course of his illustrious career, Davies won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1955 and the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 1972, and was named a companion of the Order of Canada in 1973.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Robertson Davies' death, we've curated a list of 13 of his funniest, wisest quotes and have summed up what they teach us about the venerable author. 

Robertson Davies was a cat person.


The Canadian author wasn't afraid to throw shade - especially at dog people.



Robertson Davies was concerned about Canada.


He was often questioned about his Canadian identity and Canada's place in the world.

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This is probably because Canada was a frequent presence in his books, sometimes a character in itself.

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Robertson Davies had wise things to say about reading...

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...and writing...

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...and life.

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Below, check out some more great CBC content on Robertson Davies.

Robertson Davies on Writers and Company, 1991:

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