More About the Author
William Davey is the son of the renowned American painter Randall Davey who was a great friend of John Sloan, Robert Henri and George Bellows. He was born in New York,grew up in Santa Fe, and was educated at Princeton, Univ.of Calif. at Berkeley, and the Sorbonne. He started writing at an early age,was tutored in poetry by Witter Bynner, had his first poetry collection "Arms, Angels, Epitaphs and Bones" published when he was a teenager and his first novel"Dawn Breaks the Heart" published in New York to great reviews just before W,W.II. He was a combat officer with the super-tough Canadian-American First Special Service Force which was the unit on which the present Green Berets fashion themselves. He has been a high-goal polo player, a Fellow of the International Lunar Society, the British Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the U.S.Chess Association. Other works include "The Trial of Pythagoras and Other Poems", "The Angry Dust", "Lost Adulteries and Other Stories", "Bitter Rainbow and Other Poems", "Brother of Cloud in the Water", and newly published novel "Splendor from Darkness". He has been married six times,his strongest supporter being his wife of over forty years, Susan. His strongest detractor and life-long enemy has been his egotistic and self-absorbed mother who used her remarried riches from International Harvester to undermine his literary genius by paying publishers to suppress "Splendor" and other manuscripts to keep them out of print, perhaps fearful that he would speak badly of her in his books (which he did not). His poems and stories have been published in England, France,India, Israel, Canada, the US, the Philippines, Sweden, China and Greece. William Davey loved the English language, spent his life studying it, once lost a rendevous with a Princess due to an argument over it, and forfeited his inheritance because of it. John Hall Wheelock, the last great editor of the old Scribner's, once wrote to him, "the writing is so good that one is unaware of it and what you are conveying comes to the reader with direct impact, like reality itself."