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By Daniel G. Williams

Wales's major literary critic, M. Wynn Thomas, is well known in those unique works and contributions from across the world acclaimed writers, poets, and critics. taking a look at the connection among English and Welsh language literature in Wales, those essays discover the interactions of nationhood and gender from the past due nineteenth century to the current day; the politics of translation in Wales compared to eire and the US; and the exciting connections among Welsh literature and American, African American, Irish, and Jewish literary traditions.

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There is no doubt that T. Rowland Hughes, who unfailingly championed the quarrymen’s culture, particularly in Chwalfa (‘Disintegration’), his 1946 novel about the Penrhyn quarry strike, would also have recoiled from Caradog Prichard’s village scene. But Prichard was no Bethesda-basher, for all the stigma he feared attached to his family on account of his father being a bradwr (traitor) during the shattering Penrhyn strike of 1900–3 and his mother being committed to Denbigh Asylum, worn down by poverty and unhinged by religious mania.

8/3 (Winter 1995–6), 60–2. qxp 20 14 27/07/2004 15:32 Page 20 Hywel Teifi Edwards David Jenkins, ‘Dai Caradog’, Taliesin, 20 (Gorffennaf, 1970), 79–86. I am indebted to Mr Stephen Lyons for sharing with me his knowledge about Laurence Cowen’s The Joneses; Ifor Williams’s protest appeared in Y Brython (20 November 1913), 2. 16 Caradog Prichard, Un Nos Ola Leuad (Dinbych: Gwasg Gee, 1961). His novel was well translated by Philip Mitchell as One Moonlit Night (Edinburgh: Canongate, 1995). 17 Roger Scruton, England: An Elegy (London: Pimlico, 2001), p.

M. Edwards almost a reason for living. 10 O. M. Edwards did try to replicate the ‘Cymru lân, Cymru lonydd’ image for an English-speaking readership in his periodical, Wales (1894–7). qxp 27/07/2004 15:32 Page 15 ‘Y Pentre Gwyn’ and ‘Manteg’ 15 Wales, seeing in its failure further proof of the impoverished culture of an Anglicized peasantry compared with that of the Welsh gwerin. He had hoped to see Wales become ‘a power in the development of our people in the direction of happiness and purity’ but the world-soiled English language appeared to work against the grain of his hope.

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