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Writers of Wales: James Kitchener Davies
M. Wynn Thomas
ISBN: 9780708317242 (0708317243)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2002
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 120 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Archebir yn l y galw Ein Pris: £9.99 
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Cofiant J. Kitchener Davies (1902-1952), athro Cymraeg a phregethwr lleyg, bardd a dramodydd dadleuol a chenedlaetholwr Cymreig carismataidd a aned yng Ngheredigion ond a dreuliodd ei oes waith yng nghymoedd y Rhondda. 8 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.

The biography of J. Kitchener Davies (1902-1952), a Cardiganshire born Welsh teacher and lay-preacher, controversial dramatist and poet, and a charismatic Welsh nationalist political and cultural activist who spent all his working life in the Rhondda valleys. 8 black-and-white photographs.
This volume is among the latest batch of titles in the excellent, long-running Writers of Wales series. The author is one of Wales's most distinguished literary scholars and his work is characterised by a reader-friendly approach which is free of the post-modernist waffle which always stops me in my tracks.

Kitchener Davies died at the age of fifty in 1952, and in his fairly short lifetime established himself as a seminal figure in the field of Welsh-language letters. He came from the Tregaron area, and Thomas's account of this part of Wales in the early twentieth century is a truly wonderful evocation of community, family and cultural life. In 1926 Davies obtained a teaching post in the Rhondda and remained there for the rest of his life.

A few years later he became successful as a dramatist with 'Cwm Glo'. In it he was able to express his radical opinions on the capitalist ethos and this created not only a great deal of interest but proved controversial as well. His creative work and his indefatigable political activity continued up to his death.

Wynn Thomas strikes a perfect balance in dealing with both Davies's life and his work. His book will appeal to any reader with an interest in the Welsh literary culture of the last century. I must also commend the eye-catching new cover designs of the series of which this is a part.

Dewi Roberts

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 ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
James Kitchener Davies
Writers of Wales Series
M. Wynn Thomas
pp xi108 Demy 8vo June 2002 £5.99ISBN 0-7083-1724-3
James Kitchener Davies (1902–1952), a seminal and charismatic figure in twentieth-century Welsh-language culture, spent most of his life in the Rhondda. He first attracted public attention as a dramatist at the National Eisteddfod of 1934 with his controversial play Cwm Glo, which dealt with the social consequences of the Depression in the mining valleys of south Wales. Considered by the Eisteddfod adjudicators to be morally offensive and unsuitable for performance, Cwm Glo was a fierce criticism of capitalist values and a revolutionary work in both political and theatrical terms.
A significant cultural and political figure of the second quarter of the twentieth century, Kitchener Davies was a versatile author whose talents encompassed poetry, drama and the essay. He tirelessly promoted the cause of Plaid Cymru and his Sŵn y Gwynt sy’n Chwythu (1952) was described by Gwenallt as ‘one of the greatest poems written in Welsh in the twentieth century’. This literary biography interweaves the author’s life and writings to offer a memorable portrait of Kitchener Davies and his vision of Wales.
M. Wynn Thomas is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, University of Wales, Swansea. His many books include studies of Morgan Llwyd and Emyr Humphreys, as well as The Page’s Drift: R. S. Thomas at Eighty (1993), Internal Difference: Writing in Twentieth-Century Wales (1992), DiFfinio Dwy Lenyddiaeth Cymru (1995), Corresponding Cultures: the Two Literatures of Wales (1999) and Gweld Sêr: Cymru a Chanrif America (2000). In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and in 1999 was made a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.
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