Richard Llewellyn





Richard Llewellyn

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born
in Hendon, The United Kingdom
December 08, 1906

died
November 30, 1983

gender
male

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Richard Llewellyn (real name Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd) was a British novelist.

Llewellyn was born of Welsh parents in Hendon, north London in 1906. Only after his death was it discovered that his claim that he was born in St. Davids, West Wales was false, though of course he was of Welsh blood.

Several of his novels dealt with a Welsh theme, the best-known being How Green Was My Valley (1939), which won international acclaim and was made into a classic Hollywood film. It immortalised the way of life of the South Wales Valleys coal mining communities, where Llewellyn spent a small amount of time with his grandfather. Three sequels followed.

He lived a peripatetic life, travelling widely throughout his life. Before World War II, he...more


Average rating: 4.11 · 8,395 ratings · 728 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
How Green Was My Valley
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 8,185 ratings — published 1939 — 51 editions
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Up Into The Singing Mountain
3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1976 — 3 editions
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Green, Green My Valley Now
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1975 — 3 editions
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Down Where The Moon Is Small
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1970 — 3 editions
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None But The Lonely Heart
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1984
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White Horse to Banbury Cross
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1972
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The End of the Rug
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1979 — 2 editions
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Witch of Merthyn
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1954
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At Sunrise, The Rough Music
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings3 editions
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A Few Flowers for Shiner
2.5 of 5 stars 2.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1950
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More books by Richard Llewellyn…
“O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of good hours to come.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

“I saw my father as a man, and not, as a man who was my father.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

“How green was my valley then, and the valley of them that have gone.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

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