Happy Alchemy. On the Pleasures of Music and the Theatre by Robertson. Ed. Jennifer Surridge and Brenda Davies Davies

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A posthumous collection of thirty-three learned, wise, and witty essays, most of them previously unpublished, by the beloved Canadian author takes on such topics as Greek drama, set design, and Charles Dickens and music. 17,500 first printing.

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Novelist, playwright, and journalist, Robertson Davies is one of Canada's best-known writers internationally. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where he later attended Queen's University. In 1938, he received a B.Litt. from Oxford, and then joined the Old Vic Theatre Company. Returning to Canada in 1940, he served as editor of the influential publication Saturday Night until 1942. For the next 20 years he was editor of the Peterborough Examiner in Ontario, where he wrote the Samuel Marchbanks Sketches. From 1953 to 1971 he served on the board of the Stratford Festival. In 1963 Davies became the first master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto. In the 1970s Davies published the Deptford Trilogy - Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972), and World of Wonders (1975). Beginning in 1981, Davies published the Cornish Trilogy - The Rebel Angels (1981), What's Bred in the Bone (1985), and The Lyre of Orpheus (1988). These novels, with their academic setting, reveal Davies's awareness of Canada's intellectual and artistic sophistication. Dr. Brenda Davies is the popular author of "The 7 Healing Chakras" & a consultant psychiatrist & director of women's services at Charter Nightingale. She specializes in combining spiritual healing with more orthodox medical practices. She lives on a ranch near Houston.
Published January 1, 1997 by Viking.
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Last year, Davies's widow, Brenda, and their daughter, Jennifer Surridge, worked to compile The Merry Heart, a collection of Davies's speeches and writings on reading, writing and books.

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