A Most Peculiar People

Quotations about Wales and the Welsh

Compiled and Edited by Meic Stephens

A Most Peculiar People
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Compiled and Edited by Meic Stephens

Distributed for University of Wales Press

186 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 | © 1992
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780708311684 Published October 1992 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Writers, politicians, visitors, insiders and outsiders of all kinds have tried to grasp the elusive nature of the Welsh character, that subtle creation of history, geography, language and social custom which makes the self-images of the Welsh so different from the impressions of outside observers.

In this book Meic Stephens presents a collection of more than 2,300 quotations about Wales and the Welsh, drawn from sources both native and foreign, literary and demotic, favourable and hostile. About 700 authors are represented, from Julius Caesar to Dafydd Elis Thomas, on topics ranging from landscape, language, and religion to politics, broadcasting, and the arts. Welsh nationality and nationhood are the broad topics which receive most attention.

This book, which reflects its compiler's wide reading over some thirty years, is as entertaining as it is informative. It will serve not only as a rich source-book for the student, but also as a stimulating guide for the general reader with an interest in Welsh affairs.

But a word of warning from Trevor Fishlock: `Wales, though small, cannot be tidily parcelled. Just as you think you have the picture right, somebody gives the kaleidoscope a nudge and moves the bits.'

Not only an essential reference book for Welsh people and those with Welsh blood but also a fascinating and amusing read. The chronological sequence of the quotes allows a study of changing attitudes and it will be of use to students of social history and nationalism.Writers, politicians, visitors, insiders and outsiders of all kinds have tried to grasp the elusive nature of the Welsh character, that subtle creation of history, geography, language and social custom which makes the self-images of the Welsh so different from the impressions of outside observers.

Contents
Preface

The Quotations

Acknowledgements
Author Index
Subject Index
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