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A Celtic Temperament by Robertson Davies

A Celtic Temperament

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A Celtic Temperament by Robertson Davies
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Oct 06, 2015 | ISBN 9780771027642
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“Robertson Davies was an original and his diary may well prove to be the best and most riveting ever produced by a Canadian. It bears a welcome affinity to the diaries of Samuel Pepys and Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon, but because of Davies’ broad, complicated humanity, it also stands alone in its celebration of a life lived to the full in this remarkable man’s very own world of wonders.” —John Fraser, master emeritus, Massey College
 
“With frankness and humanity, A Celtic Temperament tracks the emerging Canadian literary soul, circa mid-20th century. Even better, these lovingly curated diaries summon the spirit of one great literary soul at a key juncture. Here is the Robertson Davies some may have forgotten – talented, ambitious, loving, stern, frail and very funny. Surely he is back among us for good.” —Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times

“Davies himself called his diary-keeping ‘thoroughly selective and dishonest,’ but in fact this installment is thoroughly disarming and engaging. Dinners, gossip, tantrums, deep thought—it’s like your own diary, but much more fun to read. His advice to self, his writing woes and resolutions, his New Year’s visit to an astrologer (‘I am on an upward pathway… Will in later life be very much a sage and teacher’). All the ephemera and permanence of life combine to give us a vivid and entertaining portrait of the man and the times.” —Marina Endicott, author of Close to Hugh
 
“This book sheds fascinating new light on Canada’s most famous man of letters. Davies’ witty observations about Canada in the 1960s contrast sharply  with his own sense of failure and despair. He is funny, frank and unexpectedly fragile.” —Ann MacMillan, former CBC London Bureau Chief
 
“The diaries are irrepressible, erudite, gossipy, and extremely naughty. I literally could not put them down. Anyone interested in Davies’ thoughts on the theatre of Stratford and Toronto in the early 60s—and more importantly, in his description of the creation of Massey College —will find these diaries irresistible.” —Martha Henry, actor and director

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