File A1/3 - The Island of Apples

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The Island of Apples


  • 1963-1969, 1971, 1992-1993 (Creation)

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4 folders (4 cm.)

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Prof. Gwyn Jones (1907-1999), scholar, novelist and short-story writer, was born on 27 May 1907 in Blackwood, Monmouthshire. He was educated at Tredegar County School and later studied at University College, Cardiff, where he graduated in English in 1927. He was awarded an MA degree for a thesis on the Icelandic Sagas in 1929. During the same year he was appointed to a teaching post at Wigan, later moving to Manchester. His first publications, Four Icelandic Sagas and Richard Savage, appeared in 1935, the year in which he moved back to Cardiff as a lecturer in the English Department. In 1940 he was appointed Professor of English at Aberystwyth, where he stayed until 1964, when he was appointed to the Chair of English at Cardiff. He remained there until his retirement in 1975. He was a major figure in Anglo-Welsh literature. He founded, with Creighton Griffiths, the monthly magazine The Welsh Review which appeared, under his editorship, from February to November 1939. He edited some volumes of Welsh short stories and the Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English (1977). He also wrote three novels. Together with Thomas Jones, the medievalist, he prepared a new translation of the Mabinogi which was first published in 1948. He received many honours, including the Order of the Falcon by the President of Iceland, and was a Commander of the British Empire.

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The file comprises an incomplete typescript with some manuscript amendments, [1963], and correspondence, 1963-1966, 1968, 1971, including draft letters by Glyn Jones, relating to The Island of Apples (London, 1965), together with papers, 1990 and 1992-1994, pertaining to the revised edition (Cardiff, 1992). Most of the letters are from the literary agents, Laurence Pollinger Ltd, and publishers, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, and Gwyn Jones, Elwyn Evans, Kate Roberts, Belinda Humfrey and Roland Mathias are among the correspondents. Also included are related papers regarding the publication of the novel.

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References to The Island of Apples are included in some letters in file A3/5. In addition, cuttings of reviews of The Island of Apples, 1965-1966 and 1994, are included in A11/1. Drafts of the novel are also in NLW MS 20715C and NLW MS 20777C.

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Preferred citation: A1/3

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  • Text: A1/3 (1-2).