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Dragon Has Two Tongues, The
Glyn Jones
ISBN: 9780708316931 (070831693X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ebrill 2018
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Golygwyd gan Tony Brown Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 256 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £16.99 
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Argraffiad diwygiedig o astudiaeth feirniadol o lenyddiaeth Saesneg o Gymru gan fardd a llenor pwysig drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg, yn cynnwys cyfeiriadau penodol at y llenorion Caradoc Evans, Jack Jones a Gwyn Thomas a'r beirdd Huw Menai, Idris Davies a Dylan Thomas. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 1968.

A revised edition of a critical study of the English-language literature of Wales compiled by a major English-language fiction writer and poet, including specific references to writers Caradoc Evans, Jack Jones and Gwyn Thomas and poets Huw Menai, Idris Davies and Dylan Thomas. First published in 1968.
This is a classic piece of criticism in the field of Anglo-Welsh Literature (recently renamed Welsh Writing in English) as well as being a notable contribution to that canon itself. Glyn Jones (1905-1995) was one of the great all-rounders – poet, short-story writer and novelist. He was contemporaneous with, and was a correspondent with, many of the more notable writers in English from Wales of the twentieth century. Among those can be counted Dylan Thomas, Gwyn Jones, Caradoc Evans, Idris Davies, Jack Jones, Gwyn Thomas.

His approach to literary criticism was clear and unequivocal: write about those whom you admire; the rest is silence. In this collection of essays, remembrances and autobiography, Glyn Jones remembers and celebrates the poets and novelists whom he regarded as the spine of our claim to a significant literature in the century that saw English become the principal language of Wales and increasingly the medium through which the modern experiences of Welsh people would be reflected to the world.

It is for his relationship with, and insights into, Dylan Thomas that the majority of readers will go to this book. Glyn Jones read and considered the work of Wales’s most original and lauded poet as early as anyone. Glyn, the older poet, is generous in his praise and humane in his understanding of the roaring boyo of Swansea. But this book, and its overdue re-publication, is also to be welcomed and valued for its reminder of those writers who now receive less than their due: Huw Menai and Keidrich Rhys.

This new paperback edition is meticulously edited with full annotations by Dr Tony Brown of the University of Wales, Bangor, and this is apt as in the thirty-five years since this book first appeared a different audience must be supposed. That audience will still, no doubt, savour the directness, the honesty, the commitment of Glyn Jones, who, in the reference room of Cardiff Central Library in the autumn of 1933, came across two poems, "so extraordinary, so strange, so new, so packed with poetic energy, so rich in promise, that my interest and admiration were aroused to the extent that I felt impelled to do what I had never done before and have never done since – I wrote to the editor expressing my sense of wonder and delight at this strange and beautiful work. Sir Richard Rees passed on my letter to Dylan, and in March 1934 I received from him my first communication, written rather like that letter of his own Mrs Amabel Owen in 'The Holy Six' ‘in a rather backward hand, with the words lying back giddy’".

Now read on. A new generation of readers should enjoy such writing and those of us who knew Glyn will return again to a writer who had wisdom and style.

Tony Curtis

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
First published in 1968, The Dragon has Two Tongues was the first book-length study of the English-language literature of Wales. Written by one of Walesís major English-language writers of fiction and poetry, it includes chapters dealing with the work of Dylan Thomas, Caradoc Evans, Jack Jones, Gwyn Thomas and Idris Davies, all of whom Glyn Jones knew personally.
'. . . this is a lovely book . . . at once entertaining, instructive, and important. It comes out of a first-hand knowledge of the subject, is rich in humour, humanity, judgement, and understanding; and it is beautifully written.' Professor Gwyn Jones, Times Literary Supplement
This first-hand knowledge of the writers, coupled with the shrewdness of Glyn Jonesís critical comments, established The Dragon Has Two Tongues as an invaluable study of this generation of Welsh writers. At the same time, it contains Glyn Jonesís own autobiographical reflections on his life and literary career, his loss and rediscovery of the Welsh language, and the cultural shifts which resulted in the emergence of a distinctive English-language literature in Wales in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Although a classic study, The Dragon Has Two Tongues has long been out-of-print. Tony Brown had the opportunity to discuss the book with Glyn Jones before his death in 1995 and has had access to Glyn Jonesís own proposed revisions and to manuscript drafts. This first paperback edition therefore includes some updating of the text and a new bibliography.
Tony Brown is a Senior Lecturer in English and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has edited several books, including The Collected Stories of Glyn Jones (1999), and is also the editor of the journal Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays.
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