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Richard Llewellyn Papers,
- 1937-c. 1994 (mainly 1970-1983) / (Creation)
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Extent and medium
0.229 cubic metres (8 boxes)
Name of creator
Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd (Richard Llewellyn) (1906-1983), novelist, was born in London, England, although he claimed throughout his life that he was born in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. He started work as a dishwasher at the Claridges Hotel in London aged sixteen; and joined the army in 1924, serving in India and Hong Kong for six years. On his return to Britain, he held various jobs, including work as a director, playwright, and miner in South Wales. He retired to Llangollen in 1938, and the following year his first novel, How Green Was My Valley, was published, and later made into a film. The novel was a huge success and made Llewellyn world-famous. During the Second World War he served as a captain with the the Welsh Guards in Italy. He subsequently returned to writing, including work as a reporter during the Nuremberg Trials, and as a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States. He spent much of his time thereafter travelling abroad, living in Buenos Aires, Israel and Dublin, which he used as inspiration for his work. He wrote a number of novels between 1939 and 1979, as well as children's books, short stories and plays, though none was as successful as his first novel. He married twice.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd in 1995.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Literary papers and correspondence of Richard Llewellyn, 1952-c. 1994 (mainly 1970-1983), including manuscript and typescript drafts of published and unpublished works by him.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: correspondence; published works; unpublished works; and miscellanea.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction
Queries regarding Richard Llewellyn copyright should be directed to Mrs Susan H. Llewellyn, 310 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA (information from the Watch file (Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders), http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu, November 2005).
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. A note by Susan Llewellyn, c. 1994, was written after her husband's death.
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Description control area
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Richard Llewellyn Papers; Felton, Mike, Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Novelists, 1930-1959 (1983); Location register of twentieth-century English literary manuscripts and letters (London, 1988); Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin website (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/) viewed 28 November 2005.