Emyr Humphreys

M Wynn Thomas (Swansea University)
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Emyr Owen Humphreys, who celebrated his hundredth birthday in 2019 by publishing a collection of new poems, is widely regarded as the leading anglophone fiction writer of twentieth-century Wales, its most distinguished person of letters, and a giant figure on the country’s post-war cultural scene. In addition to publishing over two dozen fictional works and several volumes of poetry, he has produced a classic cultural history of Wales (

The Taliesin Tradition

, 1983), written a number of television plays for the Welsh-medium television channel (S4C) that he had vigorously campaigned to have established, directed several documentaries, and been a prominent cultural commentator and political activist on behalf of the Welsh language and Welsh self-determination. His distinguished friends and…

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Citation: Thomas, M Wynn. "Emyr Humphreys". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 April 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12960, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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