The Intruders: Influences and Relationships

  • John Ackerman


The twentieth century has seen the decline of Welsh as the first language of Wales, and increasing numbers of Welshmen today speak only English. The period following the 1914–18 War saw the emergence of Welshmen writing in English, among them Dylan Thomas, who had little in common with English literary movements in the inter-war years. They were a different people, conscious of a different tradition. In his editorial to the first number of the Welsh Review, February 1939, Gwyn Jones writes:

It is perhaps the most spectacular manifestation of the mental activity of the district [South Wales] that the last few years have seen the emergence of a group of young writers (young in age or work) who for the first time are interpreting Wales to the outside world. They can be called a school only in the sense that Welsh blood, sometimes thickened to a mongrel brew, flows in their veins. They are as diverse as the land that gave them their rich if ragged heritage, but I believe firmly that they will soon be recognized as the most valuable leaven in English literature since the Irishmen opened insular eyes at the beginning of the century.


Religious Attitude Young Writer Theological Concept Metaphysical Truth Introspective Consciousness 
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