Glyn Jones was one of the brilliant first generation of Welsh writers in English which included Dylan Thomas, Rhys Davies and Idris Davies. A major figure on the Welsh literary scene for almost sixty years, Glyn Jonesâs short stories are among his finest achievements; of his first collection, The Blue Bed (1937), Edward Garnett wrote, âGlyn Jones is a genius ... his stories have a strange imaginative quality about them unlike anything elseâ.
This volume is the first to bring together all Glyn Jonesâs short stories and includes âI was born in the Ystrad Valleyâ, a long story about an armed rebellion in the south Wales valleys, here republished for the first time since the 1930s. Set mainly either in the scruffy streets of his boyhood Merthyr or in the luxuriant Carmarthenshire countryside, the stories show the rich variety of tone that characterizes Glyn Jonesâs fiction. Acutely aware of the pain and suffering in the world around him, Jones is also deeply responsive to the mysterious and sensuous beauty of the natural world and to the resilience and humour of ordinary, fallible human beings. By turn comic, sensuous, grotesque, even unreal, the stories can be deeply moving in their compassion. Set in Wales, they are universal in their humanity.
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