file NLW ex 2453. - Serch yw'r doctor,

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NLW ex 2453.


Serch yw'r doctor,


  • 1958. (Creation)

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1 waled

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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.

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Brynley F. Roberts; Aberystwyth; Rhodd; Chwefror 2010; 004968508.

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Nodiadau cefndirol yn Saesneg i gyd-fynd gyda'r perfformiad cyntaf o'r opera Serch yw'r doctor (y geiriau gan Saunders Lewis a'r gerddoriaeth gan Arwel Hughes) ar Wasanaeth Cartref y BBC, 24 Chwefror 1958, ynghyd ag 'Opera ddigri Gymraeg newydd', erthygl Leslie Wynne Evans, Coleg y Brifysgol, Caerdydd.

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Amodau hawlfraint arferol.

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  • Welsh
  • English

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Cymraeg, peth Saesneg.

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Yn llawysgrif NLW 22953C ceir addasiad Saesneg o'r ddrama: 'Love's the doctor', 1960.

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Teitl gwreiddiol.


Preferred citation: NLW ex 2453.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Welsh



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  • Text: NLW ex 2453.