Dorothy Edwards

Claire Flay

Dorothy Edwards

Claire Flay

Distributed for University of Wales Press

130 pages | 4 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708324400 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $19.99 ISBN: 9780708324417 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Dorothy Edwards is the first full-length critical literary study of Dorothy Edwards, the enigmatic author born in the small mining valley of Ogmore Vale in 1903. Combining close textual analysis with comprehensive biography, and drawing from newly available diaries and correspondence, Claire Flay considers Edwards’s work in the light of her views and experiences. Flay demonstrates how Edwards’s upbringing deeply influenced her perception of gender, class, and nationality, themes Edwards explores with great care in her novel, Winter Sonata, and short story collection, Rhapsody.

List of illustrations

1. From Brynteg to Pen-y-dre: Dorothy Edwards in Ogmore Vale and Rhiwbina
2. Narrating males/muted females: silence and song in Rhapsody
3. Season of discontent: class barriers and their consequences in Winter Sonata
4. A Welsh Cinderella in Bloomsbury: power dynamics and cultural colonialism

Review Quotes
Jane Aaron, University of Glamorgan

“In this book, Claire Flay succeeds in revitalizing Dorothy Edwards and her writings for a new generation of readers; through her perceptive use of previously unexplored manuscript material, as well as her innovative readings of the published works, she throws new light on the radical and subversive subtext of Edwards’s modernist fictions.”
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