Correspondence of Keidrych Rhys

Scope and Content

Keidrych Rhys's letters to Graves describe the literary worlds of Wales and London during the second world war, including the difficulties of printing and publishing poetry and getting access to broadcasting time on the BBC. Rhys rails against the literary establishment, and against the cultural deprecation suffered by the Welsh. He mentions many well-known figures in these milieu, including Dylan Thomas, Alun Lewis and - perhaps his greatest bête noire - Stephen Spender. The letters also discuss his relationship with Lynette Roberts, their divorce, and custody of their two children.


Material arrived arranged chronologically; this order has been maintained.


Canelluñ Collection number: CC0440

This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.

Custodial History

Originally kept within the same file as the correspondence of Lynette Roberts, although as a separate sequence.

Related Material

Reference: RG/J/RobertsL;

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