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Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts (1891–1985) is unquestionably the most important woman writer to have emerged from Wales, but she remains little known outside the region. This volume tracks Roberts’s life from her poverty-stricken childhood through her time as a teacher in the South Wales valleys and her novel-writing and later political work. It will serve as both an introduction to her work for readers who are unable to read it in the original Welsh, and as a valuable critical aid for Welsh students and pupils who encounter her work in courses and Welsh language and literature.

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“In this remarkable work Katie Gramich draws on the full range of Robert’s writings and on available secondary resources as well as interviews, letters, and papers in the archives of the National Library of Wales. The biographical material is handled carefully and attentively, avoiding simplification. This is a very accomplished example of the genre, opening up a lot of new material and providing a basis for further research and interpretation.”

Fiona Robertson, Birmingham City University

Table of Contents

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1. ‘Before 1917. . .’: the making of a writer
2. From playwright to prose writer: 1917–1928
3. Finding a voice: 1928–1946
4. ‘The struggle of a woman’s soul’: 1946–1960
5. ‘This stiff, indomitable queen of Welsh letters’: 1960–1985


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