Robertson Davies Drama Analysis - Essay

Robertson Davies Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

In all of his nondramatic writing, Robertson Davies demonstrated a keen sense of the absurdity of social pretension, an awareness of the dark world of the unconscious, and a love of magic. In many of his fictional works, the theater plays an important part, whether it be the amateur production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (pr. 1611), which sets the stage for Tempest-Tost, or the flamboyant actor-manager of the melodramatic school who holds center stage in World of Wonders. Regardless of genre, Davies’ perspective is that of the ironic, detached, urbane, yet sensitive observer, a reporter of the quirks of fortune that act on human existence and that serve to reveal the inner workings of the...

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