Huw Osborne (Author)
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DescriptionRhys Davies was a seminal influence in Welsh writing because he was one of the first novelists to depict industrial Wales, and was a highly prolific writer producing some twenty novels and one hundred short stories in a career that spanned six decades. He was also the holder of a complex identity: he was a gay man who grew up as a shopkeeper's son in the Rhondda who left Wales to write about his homeland in England. This book unravels a national experience that is deeply bound up in complex negotiations of class, sexuality, and gender and follows a career that was predicted to be that of 'the representative Welshman'. The book is divided into three sections: the first begins with Davies' childhood in Blaenclydach and the ways in which his memories of his childhood reinforce continuing themes in his stories and novels; the second will place Davies in literary London and address Davies' struggle to enter the privileged circles of literary production, circulation, and reception; and, the final section considers the established Davies of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
University of Wales Press
1 July 2009
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