File NLW MS 23867D. - 'Have a Cigarette' by Saunders Lewis

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NLW MS 23867D.


'Have a Cigarette' by Saunders Lewis


  • [?1960s] (Creation)

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i, 49 ff. (text on rectos only) ; 265 x 205 mm.

Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed binder at NLW.

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Biographical history

Saunders Lewis, dramatist, poet, historian and literary critic, was born in Wallasey, Cheshire to a family of prominent Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. He was educated at a boys's school in Liscard and at Liverpool University, where he studied English and French. His academic career was interrupted by the First World War, in which Lewis served with the South Wales Borderers, but he quickly resumed his studies at the end of the conflict, and, having graduated, worked as librarian in Glamorgan before taking up a post as lecturer in the Welsh department of the University College of Swansea. In 1925, Lewis was one of the pioneering figures involved in establishing the National Party of Wales (later known as Plaid Cymru) and was made President of the fledgeling organisation the following year. Having written about the Roman Catholic church for a number of years, in 1932 Lewis converted to the faith also practised by his wife Margaret. In 1936, Lewis, D. J. Williams and Lewis Valentine set fire to the Royal Airforce's Bombing School in Penyberth on the Lleyn Peninsula, an event which has gone down in the annals of Welsh history and which earned Lewis imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs and dismissal from his lecturing post in Swansea. He was eventually appointed senior lecturer in Welsh at the University of Cardiff but retired in 1957 to devote his time to writing. Lewis's litarary output is prodigious and he is considered by many to be the most important Welsh literary and political figure of the twentieth century; it is considered that his radio address for 1962, Tynged yr Iaith, was the direct instigating force behind the establishment of the Welsh language movement Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg.

Archival history

Given by Saunders Lewis (as 'the only copy' of the play) to Alun R. Jones following the publication of Presenting Saunders Lewis, ed. by Alun R. Jones and Gwyn Thomas (Cardiff, 1973).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Professor Alun R. Jones; Aston le Walls; Donation (with NLW MS 23866D); July 2001; A2001/36.

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A typescript draft of 'Have a Cigarette', an English translation by Saunders Lewis of his play 'Gymerwch Chi Sigaret? (Llandybie, 1956); the translation is apparently unperformed and unpublished.
The English translation amends the original Welsh version in some places, particularly in the second act, the most substantial emendation being an entirely new beginning to that act (ff. 18-21). There are also manuscript emendations and annotations by the author and another unidentified hand. The manuscript title-page (f. i) is in the hand of Saunders Lewis.

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  • English

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For an English translation of 'Gymerwch chi sigaret?' by R. O. F. Wynne, Garthewin, see NLW MS 23247D and NLW, Papurau'r Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy Papers CSM1/8.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23867D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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June 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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  • Text: NLW MS 23867D.