Item NLW MS 23699E, ff. 54-56. - Llythyrau Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis,

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NLW MS 23699E, ff. 54-56.


Llythyrau Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis,


  • 1947 / (Creation)

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3 ff.

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'Cymraeg oedd prif bwnc Olwen Rees yn y chweched dosbarth, ac yno y ffurfiwyd cyfeillgarwch rhyngddi hi a Kate Roberts, cyfeillgarwch a barhaodd hyd farwolaeth yr awdures. Pan fyddai Olwen yn galw i weld ei brawd Llewelyn Morgan Rees a'i wraig Joan ym Mangor, yn ddieithriad byddai yn galw i weld Kate Roberts yn Ninbych. Byddai'r ddwy ohonynt yn ysgrifennu ambell i lythyr y naill at y llall, a chadwodd Olwen y llythyrau yn ofalus. Pan fu farw Olwen ychydig flynyddoedd ar ôl ei gŵr Dewi, Joan Rees fu'n gyfrifol am wagio'r tŷ yng Nglynebwy, a phan ddaeth ar draws llythyrau gan Kate Roberts, anfonodd hwy i'r Llyfrgell Genedlaethol' (tystiolaeth Mr Cledwyn Jones, brawd-yng-nghyfraith Mrs Joan Rees, Mehefin 2009).

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Discovered by the donor in an offprint of an article, thought to have come into his possession following the death of his uncle, John Hooson, London.

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Lord Hooson; Llanidloes; Donation; January 1999; A1999/2.

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A letter, 5 September 1947, from Kate Roberts to Saunders Lewis (ff. 54-55), together with his reply, 9 September 1947 (f. 56, end lacking), concerning her forthcoming radio interview with him to discuss her writing technique.
The discussion was transmitted on the Welsh Home Service of the BBC on 15 October 1947 and a transcript was subsequently published in Crefft y Stori Fer, ed. by Saunders Lewis (Llandysul, 1949). The letters are published in Dafydd Ifans, 'Annwyl Kate, Annwyl Saunders - Atodiad', National Library of Wales Journal, 29 (1995-96), 341-345.

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For the main body of Kate Roberts and Saunders Lewis' correspondence see NLW MS 22723D and NLW, Papurau Kate Roberts (passim).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23699E, ff. 54-56.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23699E, ff. 54-56.