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...
<p> </p><p>The appearance of My People in 1915 caused a literary sensation. In England critics praised it as a work of art comparable with Zola and new writers such as Joyce. In Evans’s native Wales there was outrage at his portrayal of rural west Wales. Instantly Evans became the most reviled man in his...
<p>English literature has a fine tradition of rural writing, and one of this century’s greatest exponents was Margiad Evans (1909-1958). Although born in Uxbridge, she was brought up near Ross-on-Wye, and it is the south Herefordshire borderlands, its farmsteads, hamlets and towns, which are the setting for <em>The Old And...