High Spirits

High Spirits

A Collection of Ghost Stories

Book - 2007
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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. A tradition quickly became established and, for 18 years, Davies delighted and amused the college's annual Gaudy Night guests with his tales of the supernatural. Here, in a handsome 25th Anniversary Edition, are those 18 stories, just as Davies first read them.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2007, c1982.
ISBN: 9780143050568
0143050567
Characteristics: 234 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: 25th anniversary ed.

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KateHillier Aug 15, 2013

Roberston Davies and ghost stories? Say no more! I don't know why I expected something absolutely bone chilling considering his normal fare but what I got was better. Eighteen ghost stories he told to U of T students - one of my alma maters - and all of them are quirky and funny and erudite just as much as the rest of his work. I had a great time reading them and had to giggle and smirk a bit as his very Canadian references. As per usual I cannot praise Davies enough, he is one of my favourite writers and I think he needs far more exposure than just to Canadians.

If you like the idea of a haunted university with mostly benign ghosts. Famous leaders, academics, and others abound and all are very funny. It would have been great to hear these in person. I wonder if a recording exists anywhere...

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