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EVANS , CARADOC ( 1878 - 1945 ), author ; b. at Pant-y-croy , Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Carms. , 31 Dec. 1878 , and christened David , son of William Evans , auctioneer , and Mary (née Powell ) . He spent most of his childhood at Lanlas , Rhydlewis , and attended the board school there before he was apprenticed to the drapery trade . He worked as a shop assistant for some twelve years-in Carmarthen , Cardiff and London . In London he attended classes at the Toynbee Hall and the Working Men's College in Crowndale Road and became an accomplished writer . He entered journalism as a free-lance journalist but held various editorial posts , most particularly with Ideas and T.P's Weekly . His first stories appeared in the English Review , 1914 ; his first volume was My People , 1915 . This caused great offence to many of his countrymen, as did almost everything he wrote thereafter. His work includes five collections of short stories, My People , 1915 , Capel Sion , 1916 , My Neighbours , 1919 , Pilgrims in a Foreign Land , 1942 , The Earth Gives All and Takes All , 1946 ; five novels, of which the best is Nothing to Pay , 1930 ; a play, Taffy , 1923 ; and a posthumously published Journal . He also devilled for other writers. His best stories rank with the best of his time. In 1934-35 he returned to Wales and helped run a theatre at Aberystwyth . In 1939 he settled at Aberystwyth and then at New Cross . He was twice married, (1), to Rose Ware , 1907 (divorced 8 Mar. 1933 ), and (2), to Marguerite Helene (‘ Oliver Sandys ’), dau. of Col. H.P. Jervis , in May 1933 . He had no children. He d. 11 Jan. 1945 in Aberystwyth hospital .

Bibliography:

  • Western Mail , 12 Jan. 1945 ;
  • Oliver Sandys , Caradoc Evans , London, 1946 (1946) ;
  • G. H. Green , preface to The Earth Gives All and Takes All. [Tales. With a memoir of Caradoc Evans by George H. Green. With a portrait.] , London, 1946 ;
  • N.L.W. Catalogue;
  • [ John Harris ; ed. My People , Bridgend, 1987 (1997) ;
  • John Harris , ed., Fury never leaves us a miscellany of Caradoc Evans , 1985 (1983) ;
  • T. Ll. Williams , Caradoc Evans , Cardiff, 1970 (1970) ].

Author:

Professor Gwyn Jones, M.A., (1907-99), Aberystwyth / Cardiff