Fury of Past Time

A Life of Gwyn Thomas

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Pub Date 02 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 17 Nov 2022

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Gwyn Thomas was born, the last of twelve children, into a Rhondda mining family in 1913. After a childhood marked by the strikes of the 1920s, he went off to study Spanish at Oxford University and in Madrid, where he met the poet Federico García Lorca and witnessed the turmoil which would lead to the Spanish Civil War. On his return, amidst the economic mire of the 1930s and his own burgeoning teaching career in Barry in the 1940s, he picked up his pen and began to write. For more than forty years, until his death in 1981, as novelist, screenwriter, master of the short story, and prizewinning playwright, Gwyn Thomas delivered compelling and comedic portraits of his world of South Wales. His creative genius earned enduring fame on both sides of the Atlantic and on both sides of the European Cold War divide. As a provocative and insightful broadcaster, he embraced the possibilities of radio and television, whilst leaving his hosts and guests alike in fits of knowing laughter. This landmark biography, enriched with unrivalled access to private papers and international archives, tells the remarkable story of one of modern Wales’s greatest literary voices.

Gwyn Thomas was born, the last of twelve children, into a Rhondda mining family in 1913. After a childhood marked by the strikes of the 1920s, he went off to study Spanish at Oxford University and in...


Advance Praise

Daryl Leeworthy has performed a service to theatre's history that fills a gap. His new biography of Gwyn Thomas- following on from his earlier book on Elaine Morgan- is a richly researched, elegantly written and impeccably edited biography of weight. Within its 447 pages chapter eight runs to ten thousand words. It can be read as a stand-alone essay in its own right on the theatre of Gwyn Thomas. Thomas wrote theatre that was a hit at the Royal Court. Adam Somerset Theatre Wales

Daryl Leeworthy has performed a service to theatre's history that fills a gap. His new biography of Gwyn Thomas- following on from his earlier book on Elaine Morgan- is a richly researched, elegantly...


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ISBN 9781914595196
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PAGES 250

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