R. S. Thomas

Author(s): Tony Brown

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

Series: Writers of Wales

  • August 2009 · 128pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708321935
  • ·Paperback - 9780708326169
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783163779
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About The Book

At his death in 2000, R. S. Thomas was widely considered to be one of the major poets of the English-speaking world, having been nominated for the Nobel prize for Literature. With Dylan Thomas, R. S. Thomas is probably Wales’s best-known poet internationally.Tony Brown provides an introduction to R. S. Thomas’s life and work, as well as new perspectives and insights for those already familiar with the poetry. His approach is broadly chronological, interweaving life and work in order to evaluate Thomas’s poetic achievement. In addition to presenting a full discussion of Thomas’s poetry, and its movements over time between personal, spiritual and political concerns, Tony Brown also examines Thomas’s contribution to the culture of Wales, not just in his writing but also his political interventions and activism on behalf of Welsh language and culture.


An expanded and updated introduction to the poet is urgently needed. In this new Writers of Wales study, Tony Brown, an established critic of modern Welsh writing in English, meets that need with a focused and engaged overview of Thomas's life and work. Brown shows a thorough knowledge of scholarly work on Thomas. David Lloyd, Planet, Issue 181, Feb 2007 As an introduction to R. S. Thomas, the book works very well, breaking new ground by offering definitive interpretations of Thomas' poems. Zoe Brigley, Poetry Wales, 42.3 Beautifully balanced in its treatment, and meticulously written by a leading scholar of R. S. Thomas's work, this state-of-the-art critical biography must surely stand as a definitive introduction to the life of a turbulent priest and to the ongoing life of his unquiet poetry. M. Wynn Thomas, University of Wales, Swansea, New Welsh Review No. 73

About the Author(s)

Tony Brown

TONY BROWN is Professor Emeritus in the School of English Literature and co-director of the R. S. Thomas Research Centre at Bangor University. The founder-editor of Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays (1995–2007), he has published widely on the English-language literature of Wales, especially on the work of Glyn Jones (Collected Stories, 1999) and of R. S. Thomas; his study of the latter in the Writers of Wales series was re-issued by the University of Wales Press in 2013.

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