A Bibliography of Robertson Davies

By Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant

© 2013

Robertson Davies (1913–1995), one of Canada’s most distinguished authors of the twentieth century, was known for his work as a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. This descriptive bibliography is dedicated to his writing career, covering all publications from his first venture into print at the age of nine to works published posthumously to 2011. Entries include each of Davies’ signed publications and those pseudonymous or anonymous writings he acknowledged having written. Included are his plays, novels, journalism, academic writing, translations, interviews, speeches, lectures, unsigned articles and editorials, films, audio recordings, and multimedia editions. Also listed is a generous sampling of unsigned articles and editorials.

Using Davies’ archives and the archives of other authors, organizations, and publishers, Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant present A Bibliography of Robertson Davies to serve the research demands of Canadian literature and book history scholars.

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Using Davies’ archives and the archives of other authors, organizations, and publishers, Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant present A Bibliography of Robertson Davies to serve the research demands of Canadian literature and book history scholars.

A Bibliography of Robertson Davies

By Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant

© 2013

Robertson Davies (1913–1995), one of Canada’s most distinguished authors of the twentieth century, was known for his work as a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. This descriptive bibliography is dedicated to his writing career, covering all publications from his first venture into print at the age of nine to works published posthumously to 2011. Entries include each of Davies’ signed publications and those pseudonymous or anonymous writings he acknowledged having written. Included are his plays, novels, journalism, academic writing, translations, interviews, speeches, lectures, unsigned articles and editorials, films, audio recordings, and multimedia editions. Also listed is a generous sampling of unsigned articles and editorials.

Using Davies’ archives and the archives of other authors, organizations, and publishers, Carl Spadoni and Judith Skelton Grant present A Bibliography of Robertson Davies to serve the research demands of Canadian literature and book history scholars.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 538 pages
  • Illustrations: 14
  • Dimensions: 8.9in x 1.6in x 11.6in
  • Reviews

    “A richly rewarding bibliography that offers remarkable depth, breadth, and authority. Students and scholars in the fields of Canadian literature and book history, as well as librarians, booksellers, and book collectors will find this bibliography to be a powerful tool.”
    Linda Quirk, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta

    A Bibliography of Robertson Davies presents an enormous amount of research in a concise and readable fashion. It will be of great benefit to both scholars of Davies’ work and historians of Canadian publishing history.”
    Sandra Alston, Canadiana Specialist (retired), University of Toronto Libraries
  • Author Information

    Carl Spadoni is the former director of the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at the McMaster University Library.


    Judith Skelton Grant is the author or editor of eight books, including the authorized biography of Robertson Davies. Her most recent book is A Bibliography of Robertson Davies (written with Carl Spadoni).
  • Table of contents

    Chronology

    Introduction: Scope and Arrangement of the Bibliography; Descriptive Elements; Sources Consulted; Index

    Location Symbols

    Acknowledgments

    Illustrations

    A Section: Separate Publications

    Shakespeare’s Boy Actors. 1939

    Shakespeare for Young Players: A Junior Course. 1942

    How Stupid Is Canada? 1946

    The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks. 1947

    Overlaid: A Comedy. 1948

    Eros at Breakfast and Other Plays. 1949

    Fortune, My Foe. 1949

    The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks. 1949

    At My Heart’s Core. 1950

    Tempest-Tost. 1951

    A Masque of Aesop. 1952

    Leaven of Malice. 1954

    A Jig for the Gypsy. [1955]

    A Mixture of Frailties. 1958

    Battle Cry for Book Lovers. 1960

    A Voice from the Attic. 1960

    Literature in Medicine. 1962

    A Masque of Mr Punch. 1963

    In Memoriam Lionel Vincent Massey 1916-1965. 1965

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1965

    A21 Massey College Calendar 1966-1967. 1966

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1966

    At My Heart’s Core & Overlaid. 1966

    Massey College Calendar 1967-1968. 1967

    Marchbanks’ Almanack. 1967

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1967

    Massey College Head Remembers Vincent Massey. 1968

    In Memoriam The Right Honourable Vincent Massey 1887-1967. [1968]

    The Voice of the People. 1968

    Four Favourite Plays. 1968

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1968

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1969

    Stephen Leacock. 1970

    [Citation of Dora Mavor Moore for Honorary Degree]. 1970

    Feast of Stephen. 1970

    The Other Leacock [program poster]. 1970

    The McFiggin Fragment. 1970

    Fifth Business. 1970

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1970

    The Heart of a Merry Christmas. 1970

    What Do You See in the Mirror? 1970

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1971

    Hunting Stuart & Other Plays. 1972

    The Manticore. 1972

    An Evening with Ben Jonson [program poster]. 1972

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1972

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1973

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1974

    Question Time. 1975

    World of Wonders. 1975

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1975

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1976

    One Half of Robertson Davies: Provocative Pronouncements on a Wide Range of Topics. 1977

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1977

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1978

    The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies. 1979

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1979

    [Gaudy Night broadside]. 1980

    The Well-Tempered Critic. 1981

    The Penguin Leacock. 1981

    Brothers in the Black Art. 1981

    The Rebel Angels. 1981

    On Being a Professional. 1981

    High Spirits. 1982

    Thirty Years at Stratford. [1983]

    The Mirror of Nature. 1983

    The Deptford Trilogy. 1983

    Introduction to The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks. 1985

    What’s Bred in the Bone. 1985

    The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks. 1985

    The Salterton Trilogy. 1986

    The Lyre of Orpheus. 1988

    [Folio Society promotional leaflet. 1990?]

    Opera and Humour. 1991

    Murther & Walking Spirits. 1991

    The Cornish Trilogy. [1992]

    Reading and Writing. 1993

    An Introduction to the Twenty-First Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair. 1993

    Jezebel: The Golden Tale of Naboth and His Vineyard, and of King Ahab and His Wicked Queen. 1993

    Revelation from a Smoky Fire. 1993

    Why I Do Not Intend to Write an Autobiography. 1993

    Two Plays: Fortune, My Foe & Eros at Breakfast. 1993

    A Return to Rhetoric. 1993

    The Cunning Man. 1994

    Two Plays: Hunting Stuart & The Voice of the People. 1994

    The Dignity of Literature. 1994

    A Christmas Carol Re-Harmonized. 1995

    A Gathering of Ghost Stories. 1995

    Animal U. 1995

    The Merry Heart: Selections 1980-1995. 1996

    Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts. 1997

    The Golden Ass, a Libretto. 1999

    For Your Eye Alone: Letters 1976-1995. 1999

    Discoveries: Early Letters 1938-1975. 2002

    The Quotable Robertson Davies: The Wit and Wisdom of the Master. 2005

    Selected Plays. 2008

    Selected Works on the Pleasures of Reading. 2008

    Selected Works on the Art of Writing. 2008

    B Section: Contributions to Books

    “Diary of Christmas Excitement” in Souvenir Edition Examiner for the Annual Christmas Party 1945. 1945

    “The Theatre: A Dialogue on the State of the Theatre in Canada” in Royal Commission Studies. 1951.

    Preface, “The Director,” and “The Players” in Renown at Stratford: A Record of the Shakespeare Festival in Canada 1953. 1953

    Statement for playbill A Jig for a Gypsy. 1954

    Preface, “Rehearsal—A Study in Rhythm,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Measure for Measure,” and “Oedipus Rex” in Twice Have the Trumpets Sounded: A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada 1954. 1954

    Introduction to B.K. Sandwell’s The Diversions of Duchesstown and Other Essays. 1955.

    Preface, “Julius Caesar,” “King Oedipus,” “Merchant of Venice,” and “A Note on Style in Acting” in Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada 1955. 1955

    “Sherry Trifle” in We Can Cook Too! Recipes Hot Off the Press. 1956

    “Stephen Leacock” in Claude T. Bissell, ed., Our Living Tradition: Seven Canadians. 1957

    Introduction to Stephen Leacock’s Literary Lapses. 1958

    “Shakespeare Over Port” in B.A.W. Jackson’s Stratford Papers on Shakespeare. 1961

    “The Theatre” in D.C. Williams’s The Arts as Communication. 1962

    “Changing Fashions in Shakespearian Production” in B.A.W. Jackson’s Stratford Papers on Shakespeare. 1963

    Testimonial letter in Lulie Westfeldt’s F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and His Work. 1964

    Introduction to Stephen Leacock’s Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy. 1964

    “Stephen Leacock” in Encyclopedia Americana. 1964

    “The Implacable Educator” in Great Canadians, A Century of Achievement. 1965

    Introduction to Horton Rhys’s A Theatrical Trip for a Wager! Through Canada and the United States. 1966

    Preface to Ronald Borg’s Peterborough: Land of Shining Waters. 1966

    The Centennial Play. 1967

    The Centennial Play program. 1967

    Program note for the play Caste, Hart House Theatre. 1967

    “Letters: The Unfashionable Canadians” in John D. Harbron’s Century 1867-1967: The Canadian Saga. 1967.

    “Note on A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” in Peter Raby’s The Stratford Scene, 1958-1968. 1968

    “Some Reminiscences of W.L. Grant” in The W.L. Grant Fellowship in Adult Education. 1969

    “Ben Johnson and Alchemy” in B.A.W. Jackson’s Stratford Papers 1968-69. 1972

    Foreword to Betty Lee’s Love and Whisky: The Story of the Dominion Drama Festival. 1973

    “III Playwrights and Plays” in vol. VI of The Revels History of Drama in English. 1975

    Autobiographical essay in World Authors 1950-1970: A Companion Volume to Twentieth Century Authors. 1975

    Preface to Abraham Rotstein’s Beyond Industrial Growth. 1976

    “Massey College” in William Kilbourn’s The Toronto Book: An Anthology of Writings Past and Present. 1976

    Statement in advertisement flyer, Masks of Satan. 1976

    Program note to the MacMillan Theatre’s production of “Pontiac and the Green Man.” 1977

    Chapter Three, “Robertson Davies,” in Geraldine Anthony’s Stage Voices: Twelve Canadian Playwrights Talk about Their Lives and Work. 1978

    “A Note on ‘Overlaid’” in Transitions I: Short Plays, A Source Book of Canadian Literature. 1978

    Tribute in The Pierre Berton Celebration Dinner. 1979

    “The Deptford Trilogy in Retrospect” in Studies in Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy. 1980

    Introduction to “Hope Deferred” in Anton Wagner’s Canada’s Lost Plays, vol. 3, The Developing Mosaic: English-Canadian Drama to Mid-Century. 1980

    Introduction to Arnold Edinborough’s The Festivals of Canada. 1981

    “Mixed Grill: Touring Fare in Canada, 1920-1935” in L.W. Conolly’s Theatrical Touring and Founding in North America. 1982

    “What the Opera Is About” in Doctor Canon’s Cure, theatre programme. 1982

    Foreword to Richard Perkyns’s Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre 1934-1984. 1984

    Introduction to John Cowper Powys’s Wolf Solent. 1984

    Introduction to Graham McInnes’s The Road to Gundagai. 1985

    Foreword to vol. 1 of John Pettigrew and Jamie Portman’s Stratford: The First Thirty Years. 1985

    “What Is Canadian about Canadian Literature” in Franz K. Stanzel and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz’s Encounters and Explorations: Canadian Writers and European Critics. 1986

    Letter to Nicholas Goldschmidt in The Peeled Eye: An Author in Canada, Guelph Spring Festival programme. 1986

    “The Novel as Secular Religion” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, vol. 8. 1987.

    Introduction to Robert Finch’s Sail-Boat and Lake. 1988

    “Massey, Vincent” and “Massey, Raymond Hart” in Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly’s The Oxford Companion to Canadian Drama and Theatre. 1989

    “The Only Creatures in All of Nature Who Sing Are Birds and Mankind” in The Joy of Singing: 1989 International Choral Festival. 1989

    Introduction to Francis Thistleton’s How I Came to Be Governor of the Island of Cacona. 1989

    Statement in Edward Arlington Robinson. 1990

    “A Chat about Literacy” in More Than Words Can Say: Personal Perspectives on Literacy. 1990

    “On Macbeth” for the Stratford Festival Theatre programme of Macbeth. 1990

    “Heartcry of an Over-Solicited Donor” in Margaret Atwood’s Barbed Lyres: Canadian Venomous Verse. 1990

    “On the Dangerous Edge” in Clifton Fadiman’s Living Philosophies: The Reflections of Some Eminent Men and Women of Our Time. 1990

    Chapter 4, “The Nineteenth-Century Repertoire” in Ann Saddlemyer’s Early Stages: Theatre in Ontario 1800-1914. 1990

    “Robertson Davies” in Christopher Bigsby’s Arthur Miller and Company. 1990

    Introduction to Dorothy Sennett’s Vital Signs: International Stories on Aging. 1991

    “Reading and Writing” in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values. 1992

    “Reflections from the Golden Age” in The Greek Miracle Classical Sculpture from the Dawn of Democracy. 1992

    “A Birthday Brindisi” in Red Jade Cups: John Espey at Eighty. 1993

    “The Value of a Coherent Notion of Culture” in An Emerging North American Culture. 1993

    “A Try for Greatness” in Clare Boylan’s The Agony and the Ego: The Art and Strategy of Fiction Writing Explored. 1993

    Introduction to Anthony Trollope’s He Knew He Was Right. 1994

    “Tanya Moiseiwitsch: An Appreciation” in T.J. Edelstein’s The Stage Is All the World: The Theatrical Designs of Tanya Moiseiwitsch. 1994

    Tribute to Nicholas Goldschmidt in A Night in Old Vienna. 1994

    “Getting There” in Constance Rooke’s Writing Away: The PEN Canada Travel Anthology. 1994

    “Leacock Stephen (1869-1944)” in Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly’s Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. 1994

    Introduction to Marie Elena Korey’s Elegant Editions: Aspects of Victorian Book Design. 1995

    Untitled tribute to Robert Christie in Five Fond Tributes to Robert Christie. 1995.

    Introduction to Mabel Smith, Dick Beck, and Beth McMaster’s Peterborough Theatre Guild: The First Thirty Years. 1995

    Afterword to Mavis Gallant’s Across the Bridge. 1996

    Foreword to Jerry Sontag’s Curiosity Recaptured: Exploring Ways We Think and Move. 1996

    Libretto to The Golden Ass: A Two Act Opera. 1999

    “Irving, Sir Henry” in H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison’s Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 29. 2004

    “Summers, (Augustus) Montague” in H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison’s Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 53. 2004

    C Section: Contributions to Periodicals (Newspapers, Journals, Magazines, and Annuals)

    1923-1939

    1940-1944

    1945-1949

    1950-1959

    1960-1969

    1970-1979

    1980-2004

    D Section: Reports of Speeches, Lectures, and Public Presentations

    E Section: Speeches and Lectures Given

    F Section: Interviews

    G Section: Unsigned Articles and Editorials

    H Section: Translations (organized under each language)

    I Section: Films, Recordings by Davies, Audio Books, and Braille

    J Section: Contributions in Articles and Books by Others

    Index

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