One of Canadian author Robertson Davies' most dazzling achievements, "The Cornish Trilogy" explores the life and influence of eccentric art patron Francis Cornish and comprises "The Rebel Angels", "What's Bred in the Bone" (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1986) and "The Lyre of Orpheus". Woven around the pursuits of the energetic spirits and erudite scholars of the University of St John and the Holy Ghost, the trilogy lures the reader into a world of mysticism, historical allusion and gothic fantasy. It is densely plotted, highly entertaining and fuses themes of religion, love, art and music in a glorious celebration of humanism. '...the kind of writer who makes you want to nag your friends until they read him so that they share the pleasure' - "Observer".
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Robertson Davies (1913–1995) was born and raised in Ontario, and was educated at a variety of schools, including Upper Canada College, Queen’s University, and Balliol College, Oxford. He had three successive careers: as an actor with the Old Vic Company in England; as publisher of the Peterborough Examiner; and as university professor and first Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, from which he retired in 1981 with the title of Master Emeritus.
He was one of Canada’s most distinguished men of letters, with several volumes of plays and collections of essays, speeches, and belles lettres to his credit. As a novelist, he gained worldwide fame for his three trilogies: The Salterton Trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy, and The Cornish Trilogy, and for later novels Murther & Walking Spirits and The Cunning Man.
His career was marked by many honours: He was the first Canadian to be made an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he was a Companion of the Order of Canada, and he received honorary degrees from twenty-six American, Canadian, and British universities.Review:
Deliciously readable New York Times One of the most remarkable achievements of contemporary fiction Sunday Times Nourishes the brain while it beguiles the senses Time A first-rate storyteller and a real moralist with a crackling sense of humour Newsweek Davies combines elements of the fantastic with details of everyday life to show us a world in which the miraculous coexists with the mundane New York Times
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140144463
Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140144463