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Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare Critical Essays to Mark the Centenary of the Writer's Birth by Meic Stephens

Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare Critical Essays to Mark the Centenary of the Writer's Birth


Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare Critical Essays to Mark the Centenary of the Writer's Birth by Meic Stephens

Rhys Davies (1901-1978) dedicated his life entirely to writing and is now generally regarded as one of the most prolific and accomplished of Welsh prose-writers in English. In addition to writing over one hundred short stories, his many novels included The Withered Root (1927), The Black Venus (1944) and The Perishable Quality (1957). While he has long been thought of as a master of the short story form, his novels are now considered to be among the finest written by a Welsh writer in English and a critical re-assessment of his career is long overdue. Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare contains essays on the major aspects of Rhys Davies's life and work, from the literary, social and national contexts within which he wrote to issues of gender, sexuality and race. Published to mark the centenary of Rhys Davies's birth, Decoding the Hare is the first substantial study of his work and will be essential reading for all those interested in twentieth-century Welsh writing in English and in this complex and elusive writer in particular.


'...this volume offers a rich variety of critical approaches to the work a writer of undeniable importance to Anglo-Welsh engaging and lively critical contribution to Welsh writing in English.'
New Welsh Review

About the Author

Meic Stephens is a freelance author, editor and journalist. Among the reference works he has compiled and edited are The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986) and A Dictionary of Literary Quotations (1990), and he is also an editor of the Writers of Wales series.

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Publication date

24th October 2001


Meic Stephens

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University of Wales Press


240 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Biography: general



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