This volume approaches the fascinating figure of Iolo Morganwg -
stonemason, poet and literary forger - from three distinct but
interrelated angles. They all take as their starting point Iolo
Morganwg's 'marginality' within mainstream literary society both in
London and in Wales and demonstrate the strategies that he used to
overcome the frustrations of his situation. Iolo's notoriety as a
literary forger provides the context for the first discussion in
the volume, which considers his efforts to pass on his own work as
that of famous Welsh writers of the past. This chapter looks at how
important the editorial apparatus with which Iolo surrounded his
forgeries was to his attempt to ensure their satisfactory
reception. Secondly, two collections of printed books owned by Iolo
and containing marginal commentary in his hand are explored. The
discussion here demonstrates Iolo's keen interest in the forging of
a path for the Welsh language within the developing public domain
of the regional eisteddfodau and also his complex personal
relations with some of the more successful authors of his day.
Iolo's vulnerability and marginality within the context of a Welsh
public sphere are both brought to the fore in this chapter.
Finally, the volume turns to the marginalia left by Iolo on letters
within his collection of correspondence, showing his extraordinary
creativity and bringing to attention for the first time some of his
unpublished work in the fields of Welsh and English poetry and on
matters relating to the Welsh language.
University Of Wales Press
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||Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales S.
Ffion Mair Jones
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