A Celtic Temperament

A Celtic Temperament

The publication of A Celtic Temperament establishes Robertson Davies as one of the great diarists. In their range, variety, intimacy, and honesty his diaries present an extraordinarily rich portrait of the man and his times.

Author: Robertson Davies

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 9780771027659

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Versatile and prolific, Robertson Davies was an actor, journalist and newspaper publisher, playwright, essayist, founding master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, and one of Canada’s greatest novelists. He was also an obsessive, complex, and self-revealing diarist. His diaries, which he began as a teenager, grew to over 3 million words and are an astonishing literary legacy. This first published selection of his diaries spans 1959 to 1963, years in which Davies, in mid-life, experienced both daunting failure and unexpected success. Born in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913, he was educated at local schools, then Upper Canada College, Queen’s University and Oxford University. He worked in England at the famous Old Vic theatre as an actor and literary advisor before returning to Canada where he became the editor and publisher of the Peterborough Examiner, established himself as a prominent Canadian playwright, and published his first three novels now known as the Salterton Trilogy. By 1959, at the age of forty-five, Robertson Davies was already one of Canada’s leading literary figures. Even so the diaries show that he was frustrated by the limitations of his literary success, often exasperated with the distractions of his daily life and buffeted by his mental and emotional state. They also show that he enjoyed life, was deeply interested in the society he lived in, and in the people he encountered. More often than not he found comedy in the world around him and delighted in recording it. He kept not only a daily journal, but also more focused diaries such as his accounts of the Toronto and New York production of his play Love and Libel, when he worked closely with the great British director Tyrone Guthrie, and of the founding of Massey College, the brainchild of Vincent Massey. The descriptions of backstage and academic politics are invariably entertaining, but in his diaries Davies also reveals himself as intensely self-critical, frequently insecure, and with a highly changeable nature that he described as his “celtic temperament.” We also see him as a partner in an intensely happy and creative marriage, and as a man with an astonishing capacity for hard work. By the end of 1963 his life had taken a new direction. As master of Massey College, he finds himself a public figure, but he is increasingly preoccupied with a new novel he wants to write which he is calling Fifth Business. The publication of A Celtic Temperament establishes Robertson Davies as one of the great diarists. In their range, variety, intimacy, and honesty his diaries present an extraordinarily rich portrait of the man and his times. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Celtic Temperament

The Celtic Temperament

Author: Francis Grierson

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433112053131

Category: English essays

Page: 176

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Before an Audience

Before an Audience

temperaments , which are not roused by the simple act of public speaking , are
just the ones to whom this device of self ... It is essentially a Celtic as
distinguished from a Teutonic temperament ; a bituminous as opposed to an
anthracite ...

Author: Nathan Sheppard

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ISBN: MINN:31951002403465A

Category: Oratory

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The Fortnightly

The Fortnightly

THE CELT IN ENGLISH ART . For many months ... Everybody has seen it ,
therefore everybody is now in a position to judge of the new element imported
into English art within a single generation by the Celtic temperament . The return
- wave ...

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The National Review

The National Review

But if we examine the Celtic temperament , we shall find he is a thoroughly typical
Celt . It is not for a moment supposed that Shakespeare deliberately sat down to
portray a Celtic character ; rather , he simply projected his mighty imagination ...

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The Irish Monthly

The Irish Monthly

... happiest and most useful era of our nationality . I believe the future of this Celtic
island will be an image of the remote ... veins , derived from the conquered British
nation . It is equally certain that the Celtic temperament enters largely into the ...

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National and English Review

National and English Review

But if we examine the Celtic temperament , we shall find he is a thoroughly typical
Celt . It is not for a moment supposed that Shakespeare deliberately sat down to
portray a Celtic character ; rather , he simply projected his mighty imagination ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015078622589

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The Academy

The Academy

Once more , why , as your reviewer states , because Miss Barlow has been born “
a Dubliner and a Protestant , " is it therefore " impossible for her to appreciate the
Celtic temperament , except from the outside ” ? Why , therefore , is she ...

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ISBN: PRNC:32101065266197

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The Academy and Literature

The Academy and Literature

No stylo - no distinction - pedestrian ? Oh , absurd ! Once more , why , as your
reviewer states , because Miss Barlow has been born “ a Dubliner and a
Protestant , ” is it therefore " impossible for her to appreciate the Celtic
temperament ...

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On the Study of Celtic Literature

On the Study of Celtic Literature

... are two very unlike elements to commingle ; the steady - going Saxon
temperament and the sentimental Celtic temperament . But before we go on to try
and verify , in our life and literature , the alleged fact of this commingling , we
have yet ...

Author: Matthew Arnold

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044021147418

Category: Celtic literature

Page: 300

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Categories: Celtic literature

The Irish Monthly

The Irish Monthly

CHATEAUBRIAND : A PERTINENT PROPHET 1768-1848 By LIAM BROPHY L
IFE seen through a Celtic temperament best describes the work of
Chateaubriand . The life thus viewed through that capricious medium was the
varied career of ...

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ISBN: UTEXAS:059172131512088

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Donahoe s Magazine

Donahoe s Magazine

FATHER CROWLEY . The Celt . 6. The Celt is gone - gone with a vengeance .
The Lord be praised !!! London Times . ... in a position to judge of the new
element imported into English Art within a single generation by the Celtic
temperament .

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ISBN: MINN:31951000728703E

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The Atlantic Monthly

The Atlantic Monthly

ament . confessed , I make but a feeble remon the Norman , and Celtic races , out
of strance , and for the sufficient ... The excellences of the and his expression are
his own , and he Celtic temperament Mr. Arnold appreinterests me even when I ...

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ISBN: UCBK:B000276255

Category: American literature

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The Illuminated Magazine

The Illuminated Magazine

The Celtic temperament of the intellectual powers , as well as perfection of the is
choleric , the Teutonic is phlegmatic . The exterphysical attributes . nal physical
appearance is at once indicative of the In the Mongolian variety the intellectual ...

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LIFE

LIFE

Insofar as they were nomadic, undisciplined, warlike and egregiously untidy, the
Celts were indeed barbarians. Yet in curious contrast to their low material culture
there lay deep in the Celtic temperament the gift of imagination, a love of ...

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
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The life of Samuel Lover artistic literary and musical with selections from his unpublished papers and correspondence

The life of Samuel Lover  artistic  literary  and musical  with selections from his unpublished papers and correspondence

Irish Ballads . 95 fervour and the fancy of a Celtic temperament , all the vividness
of local colouring , and all the reality and verisimilitude of idiomatic phraseology .
Amidst the ample store supplied by Mr . Edward Hayes ' excellent collection ...

Author: William Bayle Bernard

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ISBN: ONB:+Z224403303

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Life xxii 348 p

Life  xxii  348 p

Irish Ballads . 95 fervour and the fancy of a Celtic temperament , all the vividness
of local colouring , and all the reality and verisimilitude of idiomatic phraseology .
Amidst the ample store supplied by Mr . Edward Hayes ' excellent collection ...

Author: William Bayle Bernard

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ISBN: HARVARD:HNP4QK

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The Life of Samuel Lover R H A

The Life of Samuel Lover  R  H  A

Irish Ballads. 95 fervour and the fancy of a Celtic temperament, all the vividness
of local colouring, and all the reality and verisimilitude of idiomatic phraseology.
Amidst the ample store supplied by Mr. Edward Hayes' excellent collection, and ...

Author: William Bayle Bernard

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433082350814

Category: Authors, Irish

Page: 557

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Categories: Authors, Irish

The Life of Samuel Lover

The Life of Samuel Lover

Irish Ballads . 95 fervour and the fancy of a Celtic temperament , all the vividness
of local colouring , and all the reality and verisimilitude of idiomatic phraseology .
Amidst the ample store supplied by Mr. Edward Hayes ' excellent collection ...

Author: William Bayle Bernard

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112075832805

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