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THE MERRY HEART: Reflections on Reading, Writing, and the World of Books

Davies, Robertson

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ISBN 10: 0670873667 / ISBN 13: 9780670873661
Published by Viking Press, New York, 1997
Used Condition: FINE Hardcover
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8vo, xii + 385 pp. A collection of reminiscences, speeches, book reviews, parodies, and essays from brilliant, and prolific, Canadian novelist Robertson Davies, who died in 1995. Out of print. Bookseller Inventory # 00237

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Title: THE MERRY HEART: Reflections on Reading, ...

Publisher: Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:FINE

Dust Jacket Condition: FINE

Edition: 3rd Printing

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Readers around the world continue to mourn the 1995 death of a beloved literary icon, but this rich and varied collection of Robertson Davies?s writings on the world of books and the miracle of language captures his inimitable voice and sustains his presence among us. Coming almost entirely from Davies? own files of unpublished material, these twenty-four essays and lectures range over themes from "The Novelist and Magic" to "Literature and Technology," from "Painting, Fiction, and Faking," to "Can a Doctor Be a Humanist?" and "Creativity in Old Age." For devotees of Davies and all lovers of literature and language, here is the "urbanity, wit, and high seriousness mixed by a master chef" (Cleveland Plain Dealer)?vintage delights from an exquisite literary menu. Davies himself says merely: "Lucky writers. . .like wine, die rich in fruitiness and delicious aftertaste, so that their works survive them."

  • Viking will publish Robertson Davies? Happy Alchemy in July 1998
  • Many fine works by Robertson Davies are available from Penguin including The Deptford Trilogy, The Cornish Trilogy, and The Salterton Trilogy


The great Canadian novelist Robertson Davies spent his long life in love with books. This posthumous collection of two dozen essays stands as the lively recollections of a great reader: Davies talks praises the books he's loved, damns the books he's hated, and seeks to answer the eternal question of why we read books. And while Davies writes with great authority, he's thankfully never pedantic, and his comments about books, which range from children's titles to Ulysses, are always delivered in a charmingly unpretentious manner. The individual essays are all beautifully written, and cracking this book will no doubt encourage readers to track down many of the authors and titles that Davies covered.

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