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Theodore Dalrymple
The Welsh Chekhov « Back to Story

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I collect Davies' first book, Song of Songs in its first printing (signed and numbered). I currently have 10 of the 100 copies made. I am trying to unite as many surviving copies as possible. Searching his book lead me here, and I absolutely loved the essay - well done. If anyone would like to see pictures of the first 100 of his first book, or have leads towards other copies, feel free to email me - qurtrn10@hotmail.com. I'm only 33 now, but will find a good place to will these to for the future (like the Rhys Davies Trust).
Am suddenly reading The Dark Daughters which was on my parents' bookshelf when i was a child. wonderfully atmospheric - gothic style novel.
Have you read any Rhys Davies? Sounds QUITE interesting. Jimmie
Horace H. Bradley August 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM
I had not a clue about Rhys Davies, read not a word he had ever written. But I would rather be known as a good man, too. There is a sample of what I do on Google. Under Horace H. Bradley. But I can only wonder what Rhys Davies would have done had he been able to live just a few more years. I, too, am one of those who believe that nothing on earth can impair one's own interior liberty--unless you allow it to"; although I am not as certain of my inner calm as he was. It is a nice article by Mr. Dalrymple. Maybe some day somebody will write the same of me.
Only yesterday I came across Dalrymple's writing. There's so much of seriousness and depth. I have become his fan now.
Very well written and percipient.Thank you.
Dr Meic Stephens
The Rhys Davies Trust,
Cardiff,
Wales
Carolyn Barnett-Goldstein March 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM
There used to be a wonderful- and intelligent-
magazine for doctors my Father received called "M.D." magazine. Each issue would carry a decent profile of a writer, who was, also, a
doctor. So from a young age I looked forward to its arrival.I don't know, what happened to it, finally. Possibly, it's archived on line.
This is what I am reminded about in reading your piece. I always appreciate and anticipate your writing. This is such a wonderful publication. Thank you.
Theodore Dalrymple chronicles for me the path of my old homeland to cultural ruin. I thank him for his unflinching duty to posterity.
I had never heard of Rhys Davies until now. Thankyou, Mr Dalrymple, for introducing him to me.
"The reader enters an alien world as if it surrounds him" Quite. Rhys Davies is long overdue a revival.

Two more cheers for my old croaker. ( He told me how much he loves that absonant appellation when we worked the hole on the Bakerloo line together. ) He writes more beautifully than ever. As long as such commentators maintain their literate constituencies there's hope for us all yet.

I look forward to Rhys Davies soon being heavily plugged by Oprah's book club , and to Dalrymple's own transcendental capodilavoro. Do hope it isn't in French. For now, a pleasure to read the reflections of a quintessentially English writer on a much neglected, very Welsh one.
Excellent find, TD.
I look forward with anticipation to reading his work.
After reading Dalrymple's essay, I remembered I had a 1946 anthology of Horizon stories that was part of a late friend's library, and I was pleased to find Rhys Davies's "The Wages of Love" in there. The venality of the Welsh characters is obvious, yet concisely portrayed with lightness and charm.

An excerpt:
"Poor Olga" she mused. "And she so pretty at one time. I used to brag about her in Sunday School, long ago. Her face was bright as a daisy and her bosoms like spicy fairy cakes." She shook her new gay earrings. "But too soft she was, too loving."
What can I say? Beautiful; Dalrymple casting his pearls again.
Thanks for a marvelous introduction to a writer whom I will now look forward to reading.
Goes right over my head this one. When I think of Wales I think of Tom Jones, Charlotte Church, Leeks and women that are up for it
Thank you for this.
One is hard-pressed to come upon "new" writers with a body of work to be explored. Especially old 'new' writers whose world view is benignant. I look forward to this new land of Rhys Davie's thought.
Wonderful essay, thank you. And Tonypandy, and Tonypandy. Please see Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time after which I will tell you how I used "Tonypandy" as a metaphor for intentional deception in an undergraduate history seminar on the nature of becoming an historian. Best. GMC