Collected Stories of Glyn Jones by Tony Brown

By Tony Brown

Glyn Jones used to be one of many tremendous first iteration of Welsh writers in English which integrated Dylan Thomas, Rhys Davies and Idris Davies. an incredible determine at the Welsh literary scene for nearly sixty years, Glyn Jones’s brief tales are between his most interesting achievements; of his first assortment, The Blue Bed (1937), Edward Garnett wrote, ‘Glyn Jones is a genius ... his tales have a wierd ingenious caliber approximately them in contrast to whatever else’.

This quantity is the 1st to assemble all Glyn Jones’s brief tales and comprises ‘I used to be born within the Ystrad Valley’, an extended tale approximately an armed uprising within the south Wales valleys, right here republished for the 1st time because the Thirties. Set typically both within the scruffy streets of his boyhood Merthyr or within the luxuriant Carmarthenshire geographical region, the tales express the wealthy number of tone that characterizes Glyn Jones’s fiction. conscious about the soreness and affliction on the planet round him, Jones is additionally deeply attentive to the mysterious and sensuous fantastic thing about the flora and fauna and to the resilience and humour of standard, fallible people. through flip comedian, sensuous, gruesome, even unreal, the tales might be deeply relocating of their compassion. Set in Wales, they're common of their humanity.

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Journal, late 1936) Presumably, again, such public activity ran counter to deeply­rooted notions of respectability and privacy.  .  The bitterness is not so much my own, but I see it in every man – Blood at the bottom of every man's cup.  Jones, he attended Quaker meetings: 'From a Christian point of view, and I considered myself to be a Christian by now, there was only one answer to these arguments, which was to refuse to support war of any kind' (MPii 80).  53 Do you think it would be a good thing if the British Empire was conquered?

But it's damned hard. Do you know what I'm talking about or am I raving?  .  .  .  .  Because the working class, most of them, care nothing for art. (Journal, May 1936) 49 These tensions and these longings, clearly, contribute to Glyn Jones's construction of working people, particularly the working men, in the short stories which he was writing in these years.  This is the thing I should like to see remaining – the kindliness of the poor. These are the things I would like to see coming – the revolutionary mind to the workers, responsible state ownership, the classless society.

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