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My People

Stories of the Peasantry of West Wales

Authored by Caradoc Evans

A respected member of the chapel, Zion, pronounces his wife mad and confines her to the hayloft. A man rides to the April fair to buy a heifer without blemish and acquire a wife. And God appears in a dream to a lonely farmhand, and tells him to dig for a talent under Old Shaci’s ruined hut.

These short stories depict the poverty and hardship endured by the peasants of west Wales in the Nineteenth Century. But they also reveal the meanness and cruelty of lives lived in ignorance, caught between the desire for love and the fear of violence, and oppressed by the dark power of the chapel minister and the idol he represents. First published in 1915, to great outrage and great acclaim, they retain their timeless quality as classics and their power to shock.

About the Author

Caradoc Evans was born in Rhydlewis, Ceredigion in 1878, but left Wales at the age of fourteen to work first as a draper’s apprentice in London, and later as a journalist. His first book, published in 1915, was My People, castigated in Wales for its misrepresentation of Welsh idiom and its harsh portrayal of Welsh life and religion, yet now acclaimed for its Biblical cadence, its timeless air, and its electrifying effect on Welsh writing in English. He married the Romantic novelist Oliver Sandys, and returned to Wales in 1940, where he died in 1945.

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Publication Date:
1519677812 / 9781519677815
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Classics

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