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Surridge, Jennifer

Overview
Works: 8 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 872 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Drama  Diaries  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: PR9199.3.D3, 814.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jennifer Surridge
Happy alchemy : on the pleasures of music and the theatre by Robertson Davies( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Happy alchemy : writings on the theatre and other lively arts by Robertson Davies( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robertson Davies brought a great sense of style to everything he wrote. Whether it was a letter to his daughter ("Love from us both, Daddy") or a formal letter to the editor disemboweling a hostile review that concludes humbly ("I am content to remain, Yours, writhing in deserved ignominy ... "), he wrote with care, with zest, and in a clearly distinctive voice." "Since these letters written by Davies have been selected from the years when he was at the height of his fame, the recipients range widely, from Sir John Gielgud to Margaret Atwood to his publishers around the world. Naturally, like all the best letters, they contain fascinating gossip: " ... and Salvador Dali, at the next table, raised his eyebrows and popped his eyes to such a degree that I feared they might leave their moorings and bounce about the floor."" "The title of the book comes from a confidential letter to Jack McClelland and hints at the secrets to be learned from these letters. This "over the shoulder" look at his private correspondence shows us Davies in a variety of roles: as a keen theatergoer writing a letter of congratulations to an actor after a fine performance; as a professional writer advocating to a cabinet minister fair rates for authors; as a husband constructing a handwritten circular card to convey loving birthday greetings to his wife; as a bearer of health - giving good cheer to an ailing friend; and as a novelist struggling with his new books, and admitting to his doubts about them." "The letters are frequently testy, tart, and not always "politically correct." Among those who felt his sting are Judith Skelton Grant, his biographer, and Douglas Gibson, his publisher, but other, more deserving targets are suitably chastised. And whether they are funny, moving, or thought provoking, these private letters provide a new look at the private Davies, revealed in his own vigorous words."--Jacket
Selected plays by Robertson Davies( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected works on the art of writing by Robertson Davies( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Celtic temperament : Robertson Davies as diarist by Robertson Davies( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had a remarkable literary career that extended through the entire second half of the twentieth century. After university in Canada and at Oxford, Davies had begun working in British theatre, but with the outbreak of war in 1939 he returned to Canada where he swiftly established himself as an outstanding editor, columnist and literary critic, and as an increasingly prominent playwright and novelist. Tall, ample, and bearded, with a richly developed theatrical voice, he had an imposing and distinctive appearance that made him seem older than he was. His rather magisterial presence hid well the mixture of ambition, anxieties, and insecurities, and often conflicting perceptions and emotions that all bubbled furiously within and that are recorded in the diaries. Chronicling his time as editor of the Peterborough Examiner, his role as the founding master of Massey College, and most of all his life as a writer, from the failure of a play in New York to the beginnings of an idea for a novel that would become Fifth Business, A Celtic Temperament is entertaining and illuminating and a major addition to Davies's body of work."--
Beads in a string by Brenda Davies( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

On the pleasures of music and the theatre by Robertson Davies( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Selected works on the pleasures of readings by Robertson Davies( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Happy alchemy : on the pleasures of music and the theatreOn the pleasures of music and the theatre
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English (24)

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On the pleasures of music and the theatre