A Guide to Welsh Literature: 1700-1800

Edited by Branwen Jarvis

A Guide to Welsh Literature: 1700-1800

Edited by Branwen Jarvis

Distributed for University of Wales Press

342 pages | 8 2/5 x 5 1/2 | © 2000
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9780708314821 Published March 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This is the fourth in a series of volumes outlining the history and development of Welsh literature from its beginnings in the sixth century to the present day.

This collection of essays covers the eighteenth century and the first decade of the nineteenth, and provides a comprehensive and informative introduction to the Welsh literature of that period. The volume includes essays giving a general literary and social overview as well as studies of the most important individual writers. Writers of prose, poetry, hymns and dramatic interludes scholars and antiquarians all have their place in the volume, including some of the most influential and intriguing characters of their day such as Williams Pantycelyn, the Morris brothers, Goronwy Owen and Iolo Morganwg. The renaissance of the classical tradition, the rich vein of folk culture, the great religious poetry, the awakening of interest in Celticism, and the founding of literary and cultural activity which are examined and assessed by leading authorities in their field. The book brings together in one volume much material which is otherwise unavailable to the English-speaking reader, and many of the chapters embody the fruits of new research and fresh critical thinking.


Glyn Tegai Hughes, Life and Thought;

Geraint H. Jenkins, Historical Writing in the Eighteenth Century;

Gwyn Thomas, Two Prose Writers: Ellis Wynne and Theophilus Evans;

Gerald Morgan, The Morris Brothers;

Branwen Jarvis, Goronwy Owen: Neoclassical Poet and Critic;

Ffion Llewelyn Jenkins, Celticism and Pre-Romanticism: Evan Evans;

Ceri W. Lewis, Iolo Morganwg;

Glenda Carr, William Owen Pughe and the London Societies;

Rhiannon Ifans, Folk Poetry and Diversions;

Dafydd Glyn Jones, The Interludes;

Kathryn Jenkins, Williams Pantycelyn;

Brynley F. Roberts, The Literature of the ‘Great Awakening’;

R. M. Jones, Ann Grffiths and the Norm.

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Language and Literature Reference Reviews

“. . . an essential stock for libraries worldwide with any interest in Wales or in European literatures.” –Language and Literature Reference Reviews


“. . . Glyn Tegai Hughes’s dazzling opening essay . . . contains the best short introduction that I know of to the problematic of eighteenth-century Welsh religious history; his use of comparative contextual material from Germany is especially illuminating. Another gem, worth buying the book for, is Geraint H. Jenkins’s brilliant and often hilarious survey of historical writing in the eighteenth century.” –Planet

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