Friday, September 23

Robertson Davies: Asking an author if their work is autobiographical is like ...

To ask an author who hopes to be a serious writer if his work is autobiographical is like asking a spider where he buys his thread. The spider gets his thread right out of his own guts, and that is where the author gets his writing.
--Robertson Davies
Thanks to Veronika Corvine for the quotation.


  1. Avec plaisir, Karen! R. Davies is one of my eternal favourites. He also wrote a fair bit about mysticism, spirituality and sainthood; in case you haven't already explored his work, I recommend "The Rebel Angels" if you need a starting point, but by all means explore his entire catalogue. It's incredibly rich.

    A major regret of mine is that I never had a chance to meet him in person. I'm grateful, however, that my mother patiently stood in line to have a couple of his books signed for me :) Best Christmas presents EVER!!!

    Have a great weekend,

  2. Hi Veronika! Thanks for the recommendation, I was just thinking that I would like to read some more of Davies' work. My favorite so far was The Deptford Trilogy, but I love everything I've read by him.

    That was so awesome of your mom, and great xmas gift for you! Thanks for the comment, it was nice to have met you. :)


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