BORN: August 28, 1913, Thamesville, Ontario, Canada
DIED: December 2, 1995, Toronto, Canada
IDENTIFICATION: Canadian novelist whose gift for picaresque narrative and whose academic background in theater history combine in three acclaimed trilogies and a wealth of other writing.
Robertson Davies is one of the best-known twentieth-century Canadian novelists. His works are widely enjoyed by the general public. At the same time they can be considered substantial literature, exploring subjects that greatly interest modern readers: the passing of time, psychology, sexual ambivalence, music, life in Canada, the nature of love and war, medieval iconography and hagiography, and the academic life. A single work often runs the gamut of all these areas and draws readers into their deeper study.