Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies was novelist, journalist and professor. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1972.
Robertson Davies was widely recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished authors. He died Dec. 2, 1995. (Tom Keller/AP)

Robertson Davies was novelist, journalist and professor. He was the literary editor of Saturday Night and a few years later became an editor at the Peterborough Examiner. He was made a companion of the Order of Canada. He was a founding master of Massey College at the University of Toronto. He died in December 1995.

His 1954 novel Leaven of Malice won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The Manticore, the second book in a series entitled Deptford Trilogy, won the 1972 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. The other two books in the series are Fifth Business and World of Wonders. What's Bred in the Bone, published in 1985, was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize.

Books by Robertson Davies


Literary great Robertson Davies reflects on being Canadian, writing and life at Massey College. 26:47
The grand old man of Canadian literature discusses Jungian psychology, religion and the film festival that is the afterlife. This clip was edited for copyright reasons. 43:31
Robertson Davies, the Canadian novelist, critic, playwright, and journalist would have been 100 years old today (born 28 August 1913). Eleanor spoke with him in September of 1991. Here is that interview. 52:38


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