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A Bibliography of Robertson Davies

A Bibliography of Robertson Davies

Carl Spadoni
Judith Skelton Grant
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 538
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    A Bibliography of Robertson Davies
    Book Description:

    Using Davies' archives and the archives of other authors, organizations, and publishers, Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant presentA Bibliography of Robertson Daviesto serve the research demands of Canadian literature and book history scholars.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-9836-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Introduction: Scope and Arrangement of the Bibliography; Descriptive Elements; Sources Consulted; Index
    (pp. xiii-xviii)

    This descriptive bibliography attempts to record the corpus of Robertson Davies’s published work from his first known venture into print (C23.1), a report written at the age of nine for his father’s newspaper theRenfrew Mercury, until the cut-off date of 2011 (with the addition of one item published in spring 2014 – J14). All his signed publications, and those that he admitted to having written either pseudonymously or anonymously, are included in the bibliography: his revised BLitt thesis on the boy actors who performed women’s roles in Shakespeare’s plays in Shakespeare’s day and for many years thereafter (A1); his...

  5. Location Symbols
    (pp. xix-xx)
  6. Chronology
    (pp. xxi-xxvi)
  7. Illustrations
    (pp. xxvii-2)
  8. A Section: Separate Publications
    (pp. 3-197)
  9. B Section: Contributions to Books
    (pp. 198-255)
  10. C Section: Contributions to Periodicals (Newspapers, Journals, Magazines, and Annuals)
    (pp. 256-351)

    Davies’s usual by-line as a professional adult was “Robertson Davies.” Departures from that usage are noted throughout the C Section.

    In the period from 1923 to 1939, Davies had articles, poems, reviews, and editorials published in his father’s newspapers and in high school and university journals. While at Upper Canada College, he edited theCollege Timesfrom Christmas 1931 to summer 1932 and while at Queen’s University in Kingston, on, he was the chief (though not the only) contributor from 2 October 1934 to 12 March 1935 to a column in theQueen’s University Journalheaded “The Bookshelf.” The column...

  11. D Section: Reports of Speeches, Lectures, and Public Presentations
    (pp. 352-360)

    This section includes reports of adjudications, testimony at trials, responses to questions after a reading or speech, panel discussions, and press conferences, in addition to speeches and lectures. To appear in this section, reports must include one or more direct quotations of what Davies said. Only the speeches and lectures are listed in E Section.

    D48.1 “Canada Needs Critics — Davies,”Peterborough Examiner, 1 March 1948, p. 1. Brief Canadian Press report of Davies’s speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto that day, with one quotation.

    D48.2 “High School Actors Tend to ‘Butcher’ King’s English,”Peterborough Examiner, 1 March 1948,...

  12. E Section: Speeches and Lectures Given
    (pp. 361-375)

    In this section, numbers in square brackets refer to the volume and file in the Davies fonds, lac. “[grant]” refers to Judith Skelton Grant’s private collection.

    E43 Tuesdays, 9 November – 14 December. Peterborough, on. YMCA. Social Education (So-Ed) Class. “How to Look at Pictures.”

    E44.1 10 February. Peterborough, on. Address to the Wisemen.

    See Davies’s diary. [130/2]

    E44.2 1 March. Kingston, on. Queen’s University. Address to a Shakespeare class.

    See Davies’s diary. [130/2]

    E44.3 6 May. Peterborough, on. Kawartha Club. Retirement party for Dr. Dobson. Speech.

    See Davies’s diary. [130/2]

    E44.4 [One evening a week, November - 6 December.]...

  13. F Section: Interviews
    (pp. 376-397)

    F48 “Playwright Sees Canadian Plays Akin to Russian,”Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 7 December 1948, p. 3. Interview, with quotations, that took place when Davies attended the K-W Little Theatre’s production of his playFortune, My Foein Kitchener on 6 December. Davies opined that the great Canadian play has not yet been written, that Canadian plays “will be more like the great plays of pre-revolutionary Russia and Sweden rather than England or the United States,” and that “Canada has a psychology of its own … We are essentially gloomy and introspective people.”

    F50 Hilda Kirkwood, “Robertson Davies,”Canadian Forum30, no....

  14. G Section: Unsigned Articles and Editorials
    (pp. 398-425)

    There were various reasons for unsigned material.

    From April until early July 1940, Davies filled in at theKingston Whig-Standardfor an editorial assistant who was ill. As was the usual practice at theWhig, and later at thePeterborough Examiner, all editorials were unsigned. Davies’s editorials on such topics as literature, drama, music, art, films, architecture, opera, psychology, and language broadened the range of the editorial page beyond its usual concern with local, provincial, and national issues and lightened its tone. During his time with theWhig, the staple editorials about the war, Canadian politics, and trade were usually...

  15. H Section: Translations (organized under each language)
    (pp. 426-432)
  16. I Section: Films, Recordings by Davies, Audio Books, and Braille
    (pp. 433-444)
  17. J Section: Contributions in Articles and Books by Others
    (pp. 445-452)

    J46 James Agate,Ego 8: Continuing the Autobiography of James Agate(London: Harrap, 1946), p. 115. Agate prints a paragraph from a letter that Davies wrote to him shortly before 15 May 1945, under the heading “In a Letter from the Editor of a Canadian Weekly.” Davies rails against the cultural impoverishment of Canada, arguing that it is rooted in the aversion of the “Common Man in Canada” from “understanding anybody but his immediate associates, and them only on the most superficial level.” Reprinted in A93.

    J52 Percy Ghent, “In the Spotlight, Dramatist Robertson Davies Discusses Sir Henry Irving,”Toronto...

  18. Index
    (pp. 453-498)