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978-0-14-027586-5 / 9780140275865

The Merry Heart: Reflections on Reading Writing, and the World of Books

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Publisher:Penguin Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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When Robertson Davies died late in 1995, his literary legacy included almost everything except an autobiography. Thankfully, The Merry Heart, a posthumous collection of book reviews, speeches, articles, and other occasional pieces, is the next best thing. The book was in the planning stages at the time of Davies's death. In place of the individual introductions to the pieces that he originally had intended to provide, the compilers (his wife, daughter, and editor) use excerpts from his diaries and letters, along with details about the occasion and the setting. Admirers will be pleased to discover that many of the pieces featured here appear in print for the first time, while newcomers to the author's work will appreciate the depth and range of his views. Topics range from Canada's preoccupation with its identity and its past to how technology may or may not change the way an author writes to whether literature may be expected to discuss moral problems. Above all, The Merry Heart is a portrait of a serious and sensitive reader who believes that books both embody and make us who we are. "Reading is not a substitute for life, because it is indivisible from life.... By an agency that is not coincidence, but something much more powerful that Jungians call synchronicity, we find, and are found by, the books we need to enlarge and complete us." --Svenja Soldovieri

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