Brenda Davies

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Brenda Ethel Davies (née Mathews) (January 17, 1917 – January 9, 2013)[1] was the wife of the Canadian novelist Robertson Davies.

Born in Australia, she met Davies at the University of Oxford. They married in 1940. She shared the same interests in theatre as Davies.

After Davies' death in 1995, she and one of their daughters, Jennifer Surridge, became literary executors for his estate, and formed the company Pendragon Ink for this purpose. Together they edited one volume of Davies' criticism.

She was the sister of Maisie Purves Smith, who became the second wife of the painter Sir Russell Drysdale.[2]


  • Davies, Robertson, Happy Alchemy (1997) (edited by Jennifer Surridge and Brenda Davies)
  1. ^ Globe and Mail obituary
  2. ^ Graeme Skinner, "Pete and Tass: Sculthorpe and Drysdale", ABC Radio 24 Hours, August 1997, p. 34