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.