A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story

A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story

by Judith Skelton Grant

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ISBN-13: 9781442622562
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 792
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Judith Skelton Grant is the author or editor of eight books, including the authorized biography of Robertson Davies. Her most recent book is A Bibliography of Robertson Davies (written with Carl Spadoni).

Table of Contents


The Years of Preparation

1. Vincent Massey, A Man of Vision

2. The Massey Foundation

3. Choosing an Architect and a Master

4. The Master Designate Joins the Team

The Mastership of Robertson Davies

5. The College Comes to Life

6. Difficult College Finances

7. Restiveness in the Sixties

8. Women Are Admitted to the Fellowship

9. The Junior Fellows Win More Responsibility & College Life

The Mastership of Patterson Hume

10. Dealing with Financial Stringency

11. College Life

The Mastership of Ann Saddlemyer

12. Community Building

13. A Higher Public Profile

The Mastership of John Fraser

14. Fraser Takes Charge

15. Second Year Blues & Expansion Begins

16. New Initiatives, 1997–2002

17. Fraser’s Ideals Take Shape, 2002–2009

18. College Life, 2009–2013, An Overview, and A Postscript

What People are Saying About This

John Fraser

“No other academic tale in Canada is like the one told in A Meeting of Minds. Massey College began as a glimmer in the imagination of an often crotchety governor general (Vincent Massey), then taken up by a brilliant but deeply troubled architect (Ron Thom) and a gifted, if eccentric writer, who saw himself as a failed playwright (Robertson Davies). In time, it became a unique centre of intellectual ferment, and that is what keeps this luminous history by Judith Skelton Grant so riveting, from beginning to end.”

Alexander McCall Smith

“Massey College is one of the most distinguished academic centres in North America. It is at the heart of Canadian intellectual endeavour, but it also embodies the good nature and courtesy for which Canada is so well known. Here is its story, amusingly and informatively set out. This is all about what makes Massey such a magnificent, hospitable, and interesting place.”

John Polanyi

“Judith Skelton Grant has set out a feast for Massey’s fiftieth birthday party. Admirers of the college, of whom I have long been one, will find it irresistible.”

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