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Robertson Davies : a portrait in mosaic

Author: Val Ross
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A fascinating, larger-than-life character, Davies left a treasure trove of stories about him when he died in 1995 -- expertly arranged here into a revealing portrait. From his student days onward, Robertson Davies made a huge impression on those around him. He was so clearly bound for a glorious future that some young friends even carefully preserved his letters. And everyone remembered their encounters with him.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ross, Val.
Robertson Davies.
Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2008
(OCoLC)649292024
Named Person: Robertson Davies; Robertson Davies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Val Ross
ISBN: 9780771077753 0771077750
OCLC Number: 232999461
Notes: Includes index.
"A Douglas Gibson book."
Description: 385 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Morphological Simplicity in Pidgins; 3. Morphological Simplicity and Expansion in Creoles; 4. Sources of Morphological Expansion; 5. Transfer; 6. Constraints on Substrate Influence; 7. Substrate Reinforcement; 8. Predicting Substrate Influence; 9. Decreolization?; 10. Conclusion; References.
Responsibility: Val Ross.

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"A fascinating, larger-than-life character, Davies left a treasure trove of stories about him when he died in 1995 -- expertly arranged here into a revealing portrait. From his student days onward, Robertson Davies made a huge impression on those around him. He was so clearly bound for a glorious future that some young friends even carefully preserved his letters. And everyone remembered their encounters with him. Later in life, as a world-famous writer, perhaps Canadaâáæs pre-eminent man of letters (who âá looked like Jehovahâá ), he attracted people eager to meet him, who also vividly remembered their meetings. So when Val Ross set out in search of peopleâáæs memories, she was faced with a wonderful embarrassment of riches.

The one hundred or so contributors here range very widely. There are family memories, of course, and memories from colleagues in the academic world who knew him as a professor and the founding master of Massey College at the University of Toronto. Predictably, there are other major writers like Margaret Atwood and John Irving. Less predictably, there are people from the world of Hollywood, such as Norman Jewison and David Cronenberg (who remembers Davies on-set, peering through a camera lens as he researched his newest novel). And we even hear from his barber, and from his gardener, Theo Henkenhaf."--pub. website.

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