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|Robertson William Davies
playwright, essayist, novelist
Robertson William Davies was born at Thamesville, Ontario, on August 28, 1913, the third son of Senator William Rupert Davies. He attended Upper Canada College from 1926 to 1932 and went on to Queen's College as a special student not working towards a degree (1932-1935). He received his Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Balliol College of Oxford University in 1938.
Davies' bachelor's thesis, Shakespeare's Boy Actors, appeared in 1939, and he spent 1940 pursuing an acting career and doing literary work for the director of the Old Vic Repertory Company in London.
Returning to Canada in 1940, Davies became literary editor of Saturday Night. In 1942, he became editor of the Peterborough Examiner; he became publisher of the Examiner in 1955, and remained in that position until 1965. In 1960, he joined the faculty at Trinity College of the University of Toronto, where he taught literature for the next 21 years. In 1961, he was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for his literary achievements. He became master of Massey College of the University of Toronto in 1963, and was made an RSC fellow in 1967. During the 1950's, he played a major role in launching the Stratford Festival, serving on the board of governors and co-publishing three books about the Festival's early years (1953-1955).
Davies was the first Canadian to become an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Oxford, and was a Companion to the Order of Canada.
Davies died on December 2, 1995.
Shakespeare for Young Players (1947) a
"textbook" on the theory of acting
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