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By Daniel G. Williams

Wales's best literary critic, M. Wynn Thomas, is well known in those unique works and contributions from the world over 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 overdue nineteenth century to the current day; the politics of translation in Wales compared to eire and the United States; and the interesting connections among Welsh literature and American, African American, Irish, and Jewish literary traditions.

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Edwards’s Llyn Tegid – as he traces his boyhood steps through the village of his birth. The picture that unfolds in the opening chapter would have appalled Anthropos and gratified Caradoc Evans. 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.

For a detailed account of the publication of A Summer Day, including the genesis of the translations, see John Harris, ‘A Long Low Sigh Across the Waters: The First Translations of Kate Roberts’, Planet, 87 (June/July 1991), 21–9. Storm Jameson, a native of Yorkshire, had lived in Wales since 1942. 5 Welsh Review, 5 (1946), 217–18, 220. 6 NLW MS 20062B. 7 NLW MS 20062B, and see Lloyd-Morgan, Margiad Evans, p. 23. Ifor Williams, Professor of Welsh at Bangor and an expert on Old and Middle Welsh, lived in Pontllyfni in the 1930s; Kate Roberts had referred to his scholarship in her letter.

In other words Margiad Evans is acutely aware of the liminality of her situation, not just in terms of where she lives but also of her creative imagination. The contrast with Kate Roberts, living and working not only in Wales but at the heart of the Welsh-language literary community, could, it would seem, hardly be starker. 13 But even in the early stories, including those collected in A Summer Day, set mainly in the quarry villages of Caernarfonshire, the community’s bonds of attachment are under stress and, beyond it, the universe seems to yield the individual little comfort.

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