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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Writers of Wales: Ben Bowen
T. Robin Chapman
ISBN: 9780708317884 (070831788X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x137 mm, 74 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn l y galw Ein Pris: £7.99   
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Astudiaeth o fywyd a gwaith y bardd-bregethwr Ben Bowen (1878-1903), cyn-löwr a anwyd yn Nhreorci, ac a fwynhaodd gyfnod byr o gydnabyddiaeth barddol cyn suddo i ddinodedd yn dilyn ei farwolaeth gynamserol. 6 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.

A study of the life and work of poet-preacher Ben Bowen (1878-1903), former miner born in Treorci who enjoyed only a short period of poetic recognition before sinking to obscurity after his premature death from TB. 6 black-and-white photographs.
In his introduction, the author writes of three major Welsh figures who died within the first twenty years of the last century: T. E. Ellis, Hedd Wyn and Ben Bowen. Ben Bowen? Well, he was a mere name to me and Robin Chapman's very readable monograph seems as good a way as any of bringing him into the literary spotlight.

He hailed from Treorci and became a collier at the age of twelve. Within five years he was the triumphant winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod. Later he became a student at Cardiff University and went on to develop exceptional linguistic skills.

His life took a turn for the worst, however, when he contacted TB. He was able, with the support of friends, to make an extended visit to South Africa where, it was felt, he might benefit from a considerably warmer climate. But eventually his health deteriorated yet further and he died at the age of twenty-five in 1903.

Throughout his life he wrote incessantly and, judging from translated extracts included here, at least some of his output was very much a product of his deeply introspective nature. He was a committed Christian. Some had reason to regard him as mentally unstable, but perhaps this is part of the all too widespread perception on the part of the philistine public at large of the artist as an oddity.

Ben Bowen emerges from these pages as a gifted but melancholy figure. Its publication in the splendid Writers of Wales series may tempt Welsh readers to unearth some of the poems.

Dewi Roberts

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