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The best among our writers are doing their accustomed work of mirroring what is deep in the spirit of our time if chaos appears in those mirrors we must have faith that in the future as always in the past that chaos will slowly reveal itself as a new aspect of order Robertson Davies A Voice from the Attic 1951 Robertson Davies was born on August 28 1913 in the small village of Thamesville Ontario He was son of Senator William Rupert Davies Robertson Davies was a playwright and director for many years in England and Canada Although Davies grew in a small village Davies was surrounded by literature His father was a newspaper man and both his parents were voracious readers He is a fanatical reader he always reads everything he could Davies spent his first twenty-three working years at various newspapers in small town Ontario He was educated at Queens University Ontario and Balliol College Oxford Daviess first passion was for the theatre he joined the Old Vic Repertory Company in 1938 later taught drama at the Old Vic Theater School which is where he met and married his wife Brenda Mathews In 1940 after returning to Canada became literary editor of Saturday Night Magazine During this period he began to write plays and then novels starting with Tempest-Tost in 1951 He wrote 10 other novels grouped into trilogies as well as many plays He became editor of the Peterborough Examiner in 1942 Davies later became the Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto 1961-1981 In 1960 he began teaching literature at Trinity College University of Toronto and continued until 1981 He died in Orangeville Ontario on Dec 2 1995 The protagonist of Fifth Business Dunstan Ramsey crops up in several other novels by Davies other than appearing as a major character of the other two books The Manticoren 1972 World of Wonder 1975 in Deptford trilogy Hes a gentle
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