Iolo Morganwg and the Welsh rural landscape

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Iolo Morganwg is arguably the most extraordinary figure in the entire cultural history of Wales. Since his long and turbulent career unfolded against a backdrop of improvement, industrialization, evangelicalism, enlightenment and romanticism, it is not surprising that myriad Iolos emerged – the multi-gifted stonemason, the druidic bard, the labouring poet, the romantic myth-maker, the consummate forger, the political radical, the agricultural commentator, the apostle of anti-trinitarianism, and many others. His life was riddled with apparent ironies, paradoxes and contradictions, and the aim of this stimulating volume is to re-evaluate his diverse interests and to celebrate the multifaceted achievements of a flawed but endlessly fascinating self-styled ‘rattleskull genius’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Rattleskull Genius
Subtitle of host publicationThe Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg
EditorsGeraint H. Jenkins
PublisherGwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780708319710
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2005

Publication series

NameIolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press


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