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Rhys Davies - A Writer's Life
Meic Stephens
ISBN: 9781908946713 (1908946717)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Awst 2013
Cyhoeddwr: Parthian Books, Aberteifi
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 223x145 mm, 366 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £20.00 
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Roedd Rhys Davies (1901-78) yn llenor rhyddiaith ymhlith y mwyaf ymroddedig, toreithiog a medrus a welodd Cymru. Mae'r cofiant llawn cyntaf hwn yn disgrifio ei fagwraeth yn fab i groser Blaenclydach, ei atgasedd at ddiwylliant y capel, ei flynyddoedd bohemaidd yn Fitzrovia, ei ymweliad â D.H. Lawrence a'i wraig yn ne Ffrainc, ei safonau gweithio dyfal, ei noddwyr, a llawer mwy.

Rhys Davies (1901-78) was among the most dedicated, prolific and accomplished of Welsh prose writers. This is his first full biography, describing the early years of the Blaenclydach grocer's son, his abhorrence of 'chapel culture', his bohemian years in Fitzrovia, his visit to the Lawrences in the south of France, his unremitting work ethic, his patrons, and much more.
The novelist and short-story writer Rhys Davies (1901Ė78) is one of the most important and interesting Welsh writers of English prose in the twentieth century, and this biography sets his career as a writer, which spanned fifty years, in the context of his life. Davies was notoriously elusive. His Print of a Hare's Foot, the nearest thing he wrote to an autobiography, is deeply unreliable Ė and while this biography attempts to 'decipher the code' in which he wrote about the things that mattered to him, it also makes clear the biographical problems caused by Davies's deliberate evasions.

The story of Daviesís life is remarkable enough in itself: from a childhood as Rees Vivian Davies (known to his family as 'Vivian'), a grocer's son from Clydach in the Rhondda Valley whose formal education ended when he was fourteen, he transformed himself into Rhys Davies, the London-based writer, metropolitan aesthete and dandy who used an English accent when talking to the English, who was a friend of D. H. Lawrence, and who moved in the same literary circles as Angus Wilson, Muriel Spark and Olivia Manning, but who made his name as a writer with stories set in the Rhondda community he had come from.

Meic Stephensís biography brings out the extent to which Davies devoted his life to writing: he maintained a rigorous work-schedule and wrote, ate and slept in the same small room, owning no furniture and keeping all his worldly possessions in one small trunk. It also discusses the degree to which his life and writing were deeply implicated in his sexual identity at a time when homosexuality was still illegal, and the way in which this led to an emotional detachment which allowed him to observe others without becoming closely involved with them.

This is an engrossing account of the life and work of an important, enigmatic and remarkable writer.

Gwyneth Tyson Roberts


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 ganiat‚d Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Meic Stephens founded the magazine Poetry Wales in 1965. He joined the University of Glamorgan in 1994 and became Professor of Welsh Writing in English in 2000. He is the author, editor and translator of about two hundred books, including a number of anthologies, The New Companion to the Literature of Wales and the Writers of Wales series.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
"[Meic] has done more than justice...to the black humour of Daviesís writing and that of his life. This is a delightful book, which is itself a social history in its own right, and funny."
The Spectator

"in writing this informative, intriguing biography, Meic Stephens has done the reading public a great service, as Rhys Davies is clearly a writer who should be read more of by people not just in Wales but everywhere."
Wales Arts Review
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