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Dorothy Edwards

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.

130 pages | 4 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

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Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

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“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.”

Jane Aaron, University of Glamorgan

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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


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