Robertson Davies Essay - Robertson Davies World Literature Analysis

Robertson Davies World Literature Analysis

In Stage Voices: Twelve Canadian Playwrights Talk About Their Lives and Work (1978), edited by Geraldine Anthony, Davies said that his work might be categorized ascomedy, in the broadest sense of the term. But I take it to include a great measure of romance, of pathos, of the rueful awareness that life is short in time and that what we understand of it is only a trifle of the whole. . . . The greater part of life is lived in the mode of comedy.

Davies’ comment applies to his novels quite as much as to his plays; they are comedies in the broadest sense of the term. His novels are witty and occasionally even slapstick, as when Professor Vambrace, in Tempest-Tost, attempts to eat grapes while declaiming...

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