Collected Stories of Glyn Jones by Tony Brown

By Tony Brown

Glyn Jones was once one of many terrific first iteration of Welsh writers in English which incorporated Dylan Thomas, Rhys Davies and Idris Davies. a huge 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 creative caliber approximately them not like something else’.

This quantity is the 1st to assemble all Glyn Jones’s brief tales and comprises ‘I was once born within the Ystrad Valley’, an extended tale approximately an armed uprising within the south Wales valleys, the following republished for the 1st time because the Nineteen Thirties. Set mostly 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 ache and anguish on the planet round him, Jones can also be deeply conscious of the mysterious and sensuous fantastic thing about the wildlife and to the resilience and humour of standard, fallible humans. by means of flip comedian, sensuous, gruesome, even unreal, the tales may be deeply relocating of their compassion. Set in Wales, they're common of their humanity.

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There was no literary scene in Cardiff, no literary magazines – his early poems were published in The Dublin Magazine, in Poetry (Chicago) and then in London journals like Middleton Murray's The Adelphi – and he knew no other writers; as late as 1939 he wrote in his journal 'being an artist in Cardiff is like playing an away match – there's no­one to raise a shout for you'.  The thing to do is to bring the Workers up to what one is writing' (Letters 117).  .  .  Caton, whose Fortune Press was to publish Jones's first volume of poetry, Poems (1939).

Caton, whose Fortune Press was to publish Jones's first volume of poetry, Poems (1939).  .  .  .  On Christmas Eve I will unlock the door for you'.  .  The little girl said, 'Good­bye, Rhys y Mynydd'.  . The night was windy and cold, he was warm under the sheets; the night was as big as a hill, he was a boy in bed.  hearing outside the noisy tide of trees roaring he left his warm bed and looked out into the blue cube of his world.  .  .  In the work of this other young Welsh writer Jones found an echo of his own fascination with the novelty of English words and confirmation of the startling effects that could be achieved when incongruous words flashed together in unexpected and unconventional ways.

I]n his company a wild throwing over of traces was unlikely.  .  .  . Then turn round and say we in Wales are on the side of Socialism, the people.  Rhys Davies likes it very much. (August 1937) The first issue had included Jones's poem 'Scene' along with poems by Vernon Watkins, Idris Davies, and Rhys himself; it had opened with Dylan Thomas's 'Prologue to an Adventure', about which, to Jones's delight, the Western Mail received letters of protest, while a member of the BBC staff, a former London magistrate, told one bookseller that the piece warranted prosecution (letter to Rhys, August/September 1937).

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