’The Bard Is a Very Singular Character’

Iolo Morganwg, Marginalia and Print Culture

Ffion Mair Jones

’The Bard Is a Very Singular Character’

Ffion Mair Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 13 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2010
Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9780708321959 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $75.00 ISBN: 9780708322963 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

A cunning and successful literary forger, Iolo Morganwg has remained a controversial figure within Welsh literary tradition and history ever since his death in 1826. During his lifetime, however, he was a figure who existed on the margins of Welsh literary society. In this fascinating and original study, Ffion M. Jones examines how Morganwg dealt with the frustrations of this obscurity, offering insights into Morganwg’s contribution to and sometimes tortuous relationship with the print culture of his age.


List of Figures
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. ‘Ai ovn oedd?’ (Was it fear?): Iolo Morganwg as editor
3. ‘Ddoe, heddyw, ag yn dragywydd’ (Yesterday, today, and everlastingly): Iolo Morganwg as reader
4. ‘Aneirif bapirau didrefn’ (Countless disorderly papers): Iolo Morganwg the writer

I. Thomas Llewelyn, Historical and Critical Remarks on the British Tongue
II. Iolo Morganwg’s books
III. Taliesin ab Iolo’s books
IV. Language
V. Literature
VI. Miscellaneous

Select Bibliography


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