Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice, A Mixture of Frailties
In the small university town of Salterton, Ontario, dreams are quietly taking shape, or falling apart. There's the Salterton Little Theatre Company, in which professional director Valentine Rich is tormented by the amateurish efforts of his actors.
Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. A novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, he received numerous awards for his work. It is as a writer of fiction that Robertson Davies achieved international recognition, with such books as The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, and The Lyre of Orpheus); Murther & Walking Spirits, and The Cunning Man. Robertson Davies died in 1995.
The kind of writer who makes you want to nag your friends until they read him so that they share the pleasure Observer Davies' books will be recognized with the very best works of the twentieth century New York Times Book Review Impudent, amused, and amusing, and sterling entertainment New York Times One of the great modern novelists -- Malcolm Bradbury Ingenuous, erudite and entertaining. Davies displays all the qualities of a latter-day Trollope -- Anthony Burgess Observer