The Dragon Has Two Tongues

Essays on Anglo-Welsh Writers and Writing

Glyn Jones

Glyn Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

Edited by Tony Brown
224 pages | 8-1/2 x 5-2/5 | © 2001
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780708316931 Published June 2001 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

First published in 1968, The Dragon has Two Tongues was the first book-length study of the English-language literature of Wales. Written by one of Wales’s major English-language writers of fiction and poetry, it includes chapters dealing with the work of Dylan Thomas, Caradoc Evans, Jack Jones, Gwyn Thomas and Idris Davies, all of whom Glyn Jones knew personally.

This first-hand knowledge of the writers, coupled with the shrewdness of Glyn Jones’s critical comments, established The Dragon Has Two Tongues as an invaluable study of this generation of Welsh writers. At the same time, it contains Glyn Jones’s own autobiographical reflections on his life and literary career, his loss and rediscovery of the Welsh language, and the cultural shifts which resulted in the emergence of a distinctive English-language literature in Wales in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Although a classic study, The Dragon Has Two Tongues has long been out-of-print. Tony Brown had the opportunity to discuss the book with Glyn Jones before his death in 1995 and has had access to Glyn Jones’s own proposed revisions and to manuscript drafts. This first paperback edition therefore includes some updating of the text and a new bibliography.

Times Literary Supplement

“. . . Glyn Jones’s mixture of autobiography and anecdote evokes the living, contradictory literary milieu of mid-twentieth-century . . . The Dragon Has Two Tongues by Glyn Jones, first published in 1968, was a pioneering text in its opening up of critical debate about the place and value of Welsh writing in English. Tony Brown’s notes and introduction, based on his acquaintance with Jones, are valuable in contextualizing the book and justifying its appearance.” –Times Literary Supplement

Western Mail

“Tony Brown’s new edition of The Dragon has Two Tongues (University of Wales Press, brings back into print an important text which all students of Welsh writing in English must read if they are to understand how this body of literature came into being as a result of the linguistic and critical shifts of the early twentieth century. . . Expertly and sympathetically edited, the book has kept its relevance in remarkable ways, not least in the percipience of its critical assessment of major Welsh writers, and in the stimulating nature of many of its conclusions.” –Western Mail

Gwyn Jones | Times Literary Supplement

“. . . this is a lovely book . . . at once entertaining, instructive, and important. It comes out of a first-hand knowledge of the subject, is rich in humour, humanity, judgement, and understanding; and it is beautifully written.” –Professor Gwyn Jones, Times Literary Supplement reviewing the first edition

Preface to revised edition
Editor's acknowledgements for the revised edition
    I  Letter to Keidrych
   II  Autobiography
  III  Background
  IV  Introduction to short stories and novels
   V  Three prose writers: Caradoc Evans, Jack Jones, Gwyn Thomas
  VI  Introduction to poetry
 VII  Three poets: Huw Menai, Idris Davies, Dylan Thomas
VIII  Conclusion
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