Literary Techniques

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Fifth Business is written as a memoir. On the occasion of his retirement from Colborne College, a patronizing account of the farewell...

(The entire section is 345 words.)

Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

In 1968, Robertson Davies said in a dialogue with Gordon Roper that "life has a strong mythic and fairy tale quality. And people don't...

(The entire section is 445 words.)

Social Concerns

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Fifth Business begins on December 27, 1908, in Deptford, Ontario. An incident occurs that sets off a chain of events that are not...

(The entire section is 429 words.)


(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Grant, Judith Skelton. Robertson Davies: Man of Myth. Toronto: Viking, 1994.

La Bossière, Camille R., and Linda M. Morra, eds. Robertson Davies: A Mingling of Contrarieties. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2001.

Lawrence, Robert G., and Samuel L. Macey. Studies in Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy. Victoria, British Columbia: University of Victoria, 1980.

Little, Dave. Catching the Wind in a Net: The Religious Vision of Robertson Davies. Toronto: ECW, 1996.

Stone-Blackburn, Susan. Robertson Davies, Playwright: A Search for the Self on the Canadian Stage. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1985.

Literary Precedents

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Robert Browning's The Ring and the Book (1868-1869) is one basic source for Davies's approach to the narrative material in this novel....

(The entire section is 259 words.)

Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Fifth Business is the first part of the Deptford trilogy, three novels which are interrelated. The Jungian psychology that is implicit...

(The entire section is 55 words.)