Richard Llewellyn was a Welsh novelist best known for his classic novel 'How Green Was My Valley,' which was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. Born as Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd on December 8, 1906, in Hendon, London, he claimed to have been born in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales. This claim was later found to be false, but it contributed to the Welsh identity he projected. Llewellyn's work often drew upon his purported Welsh background and was characterized by its vivid storytelling and portrayal of Welsh culture and landscapes. He passed away on November 30, 1983.
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This novel is a poignant coming-of-age tale set in a Welsh mining community. The narrative follows the life of a young boy and his family as they navigate the harsh realities of the coal industry, including strikes, poverty, and social unrest. Despite these hardships, the book also explores themes of love, family bonds, and the beauty of the Welsh landscape. The boy's perspective offers a nostalgic view of a simpler time and the loss of traditional ways of life due to industrialization.