High Spirits

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Penguin Books, Aug 16, 2002 - Fiction - 198 pages
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Robertson Davies first hit upon the notion of writing ghost stories when he joined the University of Toronto's Massey College as a Master. Wishing to provide entertainment at the College's Gaudy Night, the annual Christmas party, Professor Davies created a "spooky story," which he read aloud to the gathering. That story, "Revelation from a Smoky Fire," is the first in this wonderful, haunting collection. A tradition quickly became established and, for eighteen years, Davies delighted and amused the Gaudy Night guests with his tales of the supernatural. Here, gathered together in one volume, are those eighteen stories, just as Davies first read them.

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User Review  - Bagpuss - LibraryThing

Canadian author, Robertson Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, and this book is made up of short stories which he wrote to be read out at the College’s annual Christmas celebration. The ... Read full review

Review: High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories

User Review  - Mars - Goodreads

This is a collection of the yearly ghost stories, told by Davies at the Massey College's annual Gaudy Night over the course of 18 years. They tend to be rather non-standard, inasmuch as I'm familiar ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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