Published to mark the centenary of his birth in 2019, this is the first
comprehensive and authoritative study of the life and work (excluding only work for television) of the major Welsh writer Emyr Humphreys.
During the course of a career spanning half a century, and dating
back to the 1950s when he collaborated with the likes of Graham
Greene, Patrick Heron, Saunders Lewis, Richard Burton, Siân Phillips
and Peter O’Toole, Humphreys has published some two dozen works
of fiction (including Outside the House of Baal, the greatest novel of anglophone Welsh literature) as well as highly distinctive poetry, seminal essays, and a visionary cultural history of Wales. In addition to offering a critical and interpretative survey of this remarkable, distinguished body of work, the present volume also sets Humphreys’s output in the context of the dramatic, transformative decades in recent Welsh history during which it was produced.
World ex GB, US, CA
This book will appeal to those interested in the Welsh-language culture of Wales.
‘Emyr Humphreys’s achievement is, as M. Wynn Thomas argues, Faulknerian in its epic scale, chronicling the great cultural shifts that Wales has undergone over the last century – from the complex pressures of nineteenth-century Nonconformity to Wales’s struggle for identity in our contemporary globalised world. While the perceptive readings of this study will give new insights to those familiar with Humphreys’s work, it will be indispensable also to those coming to this major writer for the first time.
- Professor Tony Brown, Bangor University
M. Wynn Thomas is Professor of English and Emyr Humphreys Professor of English at Swansea University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Learned Society of Wales, and the author of twenty books on the two literatures of Wales and on American poetry.