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Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. William Robertson Davies ( - ) was one of Canada's best-known and most popular authors. Born and educated in Canada, he left in to continue his studies at Oxford University, and then remained in England for two years pursuing an acting career. He briefly played small roles and did literary work for the Old Vic Repertory Company in London before returning to Canada where he embarked on a journalist career. He became editor of a small city newspaper, Peterborough Examiner, in , and then its publisher until . During this period, Davies also published books, and produced several of his own plays including his first, Eros at Breakfast, which was named best Canadian play of the year by the Dominion Drama Festival. Davies had set forth his theory of acting the previous year in Shakespeare for Young Players. Over his career, he wrote eleven plays and the libretto for two operas. Davies was also writing humorous essays in the Examiner under the pseudonym Samuel Marchbanks which were later published in three collections. His achievements in drama and humorous essays were overshadowed by his success as a novelist, the first of which was published in . He went on to write three triologies and two novels toward a third trilogy. A collection of his short, High Spirits was published in . His academic career began in at Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he taught literature until . In , he became the Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto. Davis won many important Canadian awards and prizes, but also was the first Canadian to become an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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