Welcome to this celebration of the works of Robertson Davies, one of my favorite authors — and one I’ve found to be sadly not much discussed in the blogosphere. I hope to change that, at least for this week … and I hope the effects will continue to reverberate in your reading life, as there’s much more to explore than we can possibly cover in this short time.
This is an informal event, with no set readalong or any requirements whatsoever. Please feel free to read anything by Robertson Davies that you wish; leave a comment if there’s any link you’d like to share; on social media, use the tag #ReadingRobertsonDavies. I’ll do a round-up at the end of the week.
Or just see what others have to say, and make your own reading plans later. For your pleasure and inspiration, I’ve invited some blogging friends to share thoughts on a variety of subjects:
- Chris of Calmgrove will start us off tomorrow by considering the enduring appeal of The Deptford Trilogy.
- I will follow up on Tuesday with an appreciation of two of Davies’s nonfiction collections, The Merry Heart and Happy Alchemy.
- Next, on Wednesday Lizzie Ross, Writer sees what can be gleaned about Davies from one volume of his published letters, For Your Eye Alone.
- On Thursday Naomi of Consumed by Ink will conjure up the author’s inimitable voice in High Spirits, a set of ghost stories that he originally told each Christmas while serving as Master of Massey College;
- And finally, on Friday we say farewell as Buried in Print offers a look at Davies’s next-to-last novel, Murther and Walking Spirits (narrated from beyond the grave, fittingly enough).
I am very grateful for all these contributions; I do hope you will enjoy them, and that you’ll share your own thoughts and experiences with us. It should be a marvelous week!
“Why do people all over the world, and at all times, want marvels that defy all verifiable facts? And are the marvels brought into being by their desire or is their desire an assurance rising from some deep knowledge, not to be directly experienced and questioned, that the marvelous is indeed an aspect of the real?” –Robertson Davies, Fifth Business