After gaining an Oxford fellowship at the age of twenty-one,
Goronwy Rees (1909-79) went on to write for the "Guardian" and the
"Spectator" before becoming Principal of the University College of
Wales, Aberystwyth in 1953. A Marxist intellectual turned cold
warrior, who also claimed that 'writing books is the only thing I'm
serious about', he became a full-time writer in 1957 following his
acrimonious resignation from Aberystwyth over revelations about his
friendship with Guy Burgess. This first study of Rees as author
sets his writings in the context of a dramatically eventful
John Harris also discusses Rees' complex relationship with Wales
and how, although an unwavering advocate of home rule, he was
perceived in his native country as being anti-Welsh. Whatever his
personal trials, Rees kept up writing, publishing a powerful novel
of ideas, a range of non-literary books, and two fine volumes of
memoirs blending fictionalised autobiography with acute social
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