Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, playwright, and critic, born on August 28, 1913, in Thamesville, Ontario. He was active in the literary world from the 1950s until his death in 1995. Davies is best known for his intricate storytelling, blending elements of realism, fantasy, and myth. His works often explore themes of identity, art, and the complexities of human nature.

One of Davies’ most influential works is the “Deptford Trilogy,” which includes the novels “Fifth Business” (1970), “The Manticore” (1972), and “World of Wonders” (1975). These books follow interconnected characters and delve into the themes of guilt, fate, and the search for personal meaning. “World of Wonders” specifically explores the life of Magnus Eisengrim, a renowned illusionist, and his journey through the world of magic and performance.

Davies’ writing style is characterized by its rich language, meticulous attention to detail, and deep exploration of characters’ inner lives. He often weaves together multiple narrative threads and incorporates elements of mythology and symbolism into his works. Davies’ ability to blend genres and create complex, multi-dimensional characters has made him a highly respected figure in Canadian literature.

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