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Writers of Wales: Rhys Davies
Huw Edwin Osborne
ISBN: 9780708321676 (0708321674)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Gorffennaf 2009
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 144 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £16.99 
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Rhys Davies oedd un o nofelwyr cyntaf Cymru i ddarlunio'r Gymru ddiwydiannol. Roedd yn awdur cynhyrchiol; ysgrifennodd ugain nofel a chant o straeon byrion dros gyfnod o drigain mlynedd.

Rhys 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.
Published by the University of Wales Press as part of its ‘Writers of Wales’ series, Huw Edwin Osborne’s study of Rhys Davies is clearly aimed at an academic readership but will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the life and works of this giant of twentieth-century Welsh literature. Osborne’s style is clear and accessible, rendering his book open to the non-academic reader without diminishing its academic credentials.

Focusing on Davies’s essential liminality, Osborne analyses and explains his shifting identity as a person and a writer, from his childhood and youth in a south Wales mining village in the first two decades of the twentieth century to his death in London in 1978. Davies was an outsider from the start, and his ‘conflicted and ambivalent identifications’ are unsurprising. He was the son of a middle-class tradesman in a working-class community; he was gay and artistic in a world dominated by heavy industrial labour and the rigid heterosexuality of Nonconformism; he fled to bohemian London, where he established a name for himself as a chronicler of Welsh working-class life – the young Welshman writing about Wales and the Welsh people in English for the English. The paradoxes were immense. Little wonder that the post-War period saw Davies consciously eschewing his earlier political themes and seeking to escape the label. But it is the final phase that is perhaps the most fascinating, when Davies began to explore darker social, psychological and sexual themes in his ‘suburban Gothic and crime fiction’. By this time, of course, social attitudes had undergone an extraordinary shift, with the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain and the emergence of open gay rights activism in the U.S. Finally, Davies could come out of the Welsh dresser both as a man and as a writer.

Osborne explores his themes with clarity and quiet conviction, illustrating his argument with plentiful and extensive quotations from Davies’s work and letters and providing an excellent bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment 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.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Huw Osborne is an Assistant Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has published material on Rhys Davies in a number of North American journals.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Rhys 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’s 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’s struggle to enter the privileged circles of literary production, circulation, and reception; the final section considers the established Davies of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
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