Robertson August Davies Reviews Of Davies's Recent Works - Essay

Reviews Of Davies's Recent Works

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Anthony Bailey (review date 17 November 1991)

SOURCE: "How the Dead See It," in The New York Times Book Review, November 17, 1991, p. 9.

[Bailey is an English-born journalist, nonfiction writer, novelist, and critic. In the review below, he discusses Murther & Walking Spirits, remarking on the unexpected turns in Davies's plot and the protagonist's development.]

The epigraph to Robertson Davies's new novel, Murther & Walking Spirits, is as apt as can be. It comes from the Samuel Butler who was a 17th-century poet and satirist: "Printers finde by experience that one Murther is worth two Monsters, and at least three Walking...

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