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The Foundations of Modern WalesWales 1642-1780$
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Geraint H. Jenkins

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852786.001.0001

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Cultural Revival and Invention

Cultural Revival and Invention

(p.386) Chapter 10 Cultural Revival and Invention
The Foundations of Modern Wales

Glanmor Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the novel and dramatic developments in the field of Welsh culture. It shows the emergence of men and women blessed with a multitude of overlapping talents determined to enrich the cultural life of Wales. These men and women were able to stake a claim to determine the nature and quality of Welsh culture since they were not dependent on the financial support or social approval of the landed classes. Furthermore, the growth of an energetic urban middle class in Welsh towns released new talents. Most of the worthwhile literary ventures of the mid-18th century were sustained either by individual initiatives or by the Morris Circle, an exclusive circle of savants, critics, poets, and scholars, all of whom were men of considerable distinction and talent.

Keywords:   Welsh culture, urban middle class, landed classes, literary ventures, Morris Circle, savants, critics, poets, scholars

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