A groundbreaking work of social, literary and intellectual history by the godfather of the 'New Left'
Raymond Williams was born in 1921 in the Welsh border
village of Pandy, and was educated at the village school, at
Abergavenny Grammar School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge.
After serving in the war as an anti-tank captain, he became an
adult education tutor in the Oxford University Delegacy for
Extra-Mural Studies. In 1947 he was an editor of Politics and
Letters, and in the 1960s was general editor of the New
Thinker's Library. He was elected Fellow of Jesus College,
Cambridge, in 1961 and was later appointed Professor of Drama.
His books include Culture and Society (1958), The Long Revolution (1961) and its sequel Towards 2000 (1983); Communications (1962) and Television- Technology and Cultural Form (1974); Drama in Performance (1954), Modern Tragedy (1966) and Drama from Ibsen to Brecht (1968); The English Novel from Dickens to Lawrence (1970), Orwell (1971) and The Country and the City (1973); Politics and Letters (interviews) (1979) and Problems in Materialism and Culture (selected essays) (1980); and four novels - the Welsh trilogy of Border Country (1960), Second Generation (1964) and The Fight for Manod (1979), and The Volunteers (1978).
Raymond Williams was married in 1942, had three children, and divided his time between Saffron Walden, near Cambridge, and Wales. He died in 1988.
While written with the energy of political engagement, it is a critically generous book... Even where you would read something differently, there is space to disagree-- John Mullan * Guardian *