Collected Short Stories of Roland Mathias

Collected Short Stories of Roland Mathias

by Sam Adams (Editor)




Roland Mathias is one of the key figures of post-war Welsh writing in English. While his importance as a poet, editor, critic and scholar is widely recognized, his contribution to the short story genre remains unassessed, as the bulk of his stories have long been out of print.

The Collected Short Stories of Roland Mathias brings together material from The Eleven Men of Eppynt (1956), a handful of early stories that have not appeared previously in book form and three other important tales first published in magazines. These varied and highly individual stories are derived in the main from the personal experiences of the writer and of his father’s family. As well as impressing with the energy and variety of the writing and the consistent power of language and imagery, they also exemplify the overarching integrity of Mathias’s art.

The text of the stories is fully annotated, while the introduction to the volume outlines the writer’s life, sets the stories in the context of their times and offers background information identifying the origins and occasional obscurities of the texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780708316603
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 03/09/2001
Series: CYMRU-Contemporary German Writers Ser.
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sam Adams is the author of many books and articles dealing with Welsh writing in English. In addition to editing Seeing Wales Whole (1998), he has written several books for the University of Wales Press’s Writers of Wales series, including Roland Mathias (1995).

Table of Contents

Editorial Note
1    Saturday Night
2    A Duty to the Community
3    Jonesy and the Duke
4    The Roses of Tretower
5    Joking with Arthur
6    Take Hold on Hell
7    Incident in Majorca
8    One Bell Tolling
9    Cassie Thomas
10  Block-System
11  Digression into Miracle
12  The Rhine Tugs
13  The Neutral Shore
14  A Night for the Curing
15  The Palace
16  The Eleven Men of Eppynt
17  Agger Makes Christmas
18  Ffynnon Fawr
19  Match
20  The Only Road Open
21  A View of the Estuary
22  Siams

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