File NLW ex 2921 - Idris Davies printed works

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NLW ex 2921


Idris Davies printed works


  • 1943-1953 (Creation)

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NLW ex 2921 (i): 28 ff. (paginated [1]-56) ; c. 220 x 140 mm.
NLW ex 2921 (ii): 35 ff. (paginated [1]-[72]) ; 220 x 135 mm.
NLW ex 2921 (iii): 34 ff. (paginated [1]-68) ; 205 x 130 mm.

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Biographical history

Idris Davies (1905-1953), poet and schoolteacher, was born in a Welsh-speaking household and community in Rhymney, Monmouthshire, but spent much of his life living and working in London. It was, however, the industrial landscape of the South Wales valleys which was to have the greatest influence on his work, in which Davies frequently denounces the grimness and desolation of the surroundings while also reflecting the idealism and protest of its people during a time of great economic, social and religious change. His first volume of poetry, Gwalia Deserta (London, 1938), written at Rhymney, took as its theme the South Wales valleys during the Depression years of the 1930s. The Angry Summer, written at Meesden in Hertfordshire and published in 1943, is considered to be Davies's finest poem. Tonypandy and Other Poems (London, 1945) was completed while Davies was teaching in Treherbert in the Rhondda valley. In 1947 Davies returned as schoolmaster to his native Rhynmney, where he continued to write, broadcast and lecture. Selected Poems (London, 1953), the last volume to be produced during Davies's lifetime, was published less than a month before the poet's death in April 1953. Some of Davies's later material appeared posthumously in The Collected Poems of Idris Davies (Llandysul, 1972).

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Archival history

Purchased (together with the contents of NLW MS 24075D) by Chris Prince from Morfydd Peregrine's niece.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr Chris Prince; Hay-on-Wye; Purchase (with NLW MS 24075D); November 2015; 99632234102419.

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Scope and content

Printed copies of three of Idris Davies's poetry volumes: (i) The Angry Summer: A Poem of 1926 (London, 1943), (ii) Tonypandy and Other Poems (London, 1945) and (iii) Selected Poems (London, 1953), each inscribed (either on the title page or on the front flyleaf) by Davies to his fiancée Morfydd Peregrine.

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Arranged chronologically at NLW.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Idris Davies copyright can be found at (viewed March 2016).

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  • English

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See also NLW MSS 20770-1E, 24075D and NLW, Idris Davies manuscripts.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2016


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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