My People caused literary sensation in 1915. This edition includes John Harris’s informative essay on the background to these classic stories.
<p><br />Most of the stories are set in Gwyn Thomas’s native South Wales Valleys during the Depression of the 1920s and 30s. The conditions then - massive unemployment, poverty, emigration, loss of self-esteem - are the basis of Thomas’s art. The result is not a grey or embittered writing; a highly developed sense...