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Lyre of Orpheus, the (1988) [Novel]
by Robertson Davies Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Cornish Trilogy
Part: 3

Summary (From the publisher):

The Cornish Foundation is thriving under the directorship of Arthur Cornish when Arthur and his beguiling wife, Maria Theotoky, decide to undertake a project worthy of Francis Cornish, whose vast fortune endows the Foundation. The remarkably unattractive, extraordinarily talented music student Hulda Schnakenburg is commissioned to complete E.T.A. Hoffmann's unfinished opera Arthur of Britain, of The Magnanimous Cuckold; and the scholarly priest Simon Darcourt finds himself charged with writing the libretto.

Complications both practical and emotional arise: the gypsy in Maria's blood rises with a vengeance; Darcourt stoops to petty crime; and various others indulge in perjury, blackmail, and other unsavory pursuits. Hoffmann's dictum, "the lyre of Orpheus opens the door of the underworld," seems to be all too true - especially when the long-hidden secrets of Francis Cornish himself are finally revealed.

Original title: The Lyre of Orpheus
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Lyre of Orpheus, the

Lyre of Orpheus, the (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A biting satire on the artistic muse...this wonderful, witty novel should speak to a worldwide audience." Chicago Tribune Books
  • "You don't need to know the other books to follow this one; in fact, this delightful novel is a good place to start." USA Today
  • "If his vision is comic rather than tragic, he takes brilliant advantage of the resources he has chosen. No tragic writer can do more. He is Mozart rather than Beethoven." The Milwaukee Journal
  • "Davies the scholar brings in facts from his vast learning that glow like little points of light on the page. His readers know how funny he can be." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The novel is crammed with funny renditions of wheezy professorial badinage and flamboyant dramatic monologues. But it is Davies's own voice that seems most memorable: confident, unhurried, inerested, and amused." Time
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Lyre of Orpheus, the (1988)

ISBN: 0140114335

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