Rhys Davies

Huw Osborne

Huw Osborne

Distributed for University of Wales Press

144 pages | 9 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780708321676 Published October 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only


Rhys Davies (1901–78) was a highly prolific writer and one of the first novelists to depict industrial Wales, making his sixty-year career a seminal influence of Welsh literary culture. Davies was a complicated figure himself: a gay man who grew up as a shopkeeper’s son in the Rhondda, he ultimately left Wales to write about his homeland in England. This volume unravels his national experience and its deep ties to complex issues of class, sexuality, and gender, as it follows a career considered to be that of “the representative Welshman.”


1    Little Lord Fauntleroy of the Valleys
2    'A rainbow wash of the mind'
3    A bohemian in Grub Street
4    A 'professional Welshman'
5    A 'natural amusing greed'
6    A curious friendliness among the men
7    'The raw stuff of life'
8    'Time and the Welsh mountains'
9    'Strange embraces' and 'subtle pagan secrets'
10  'One's own interior liberty'
11  'Down with passports to art'
12  Dealing in dark murders
13  A 'borderline case'
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