Raymond Williams' book collection (20th C.)
A collection of many of Raymond Williams’ books - including translations into other languages - all from his personal library, acquired by purchase after his death. Also included are a number of interviews with him on audio cassette.
Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was a social historian, critic and novelist born in Pandy, near Abergavenny. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, Williams became a staff tutor of the Oxford University extra-mural delegacy in 1946. In 1961, he returned to Cambridge, this time to Jesus College, as a lecturer in English. He was made the University's first Professor of Drama in 1974 and retired in 1983. Williams was a prolific author, writing fiction and non-fiction, books, articles and reviews. His work touched on drama and literature but also encompassed wider social and political matters; his volumes Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1966) brought him considerable recognition as a cultural historian. Some thirteen of Williams’ most important titles are represented in the collection, such as Culture and Society, Marxism and Literature, and Towards 2000, in translations which include Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Danish, French, German, Croatian and Japanese.
The Library also holds a selection of audio tapes of interviews with Williams and copies of some of the reviews and articles published in The Guardian and The Listener.
Date range: 20th century
Significance: Significant in Wales
Size: c. 100 volumes
Language: English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Danish, French, German, Croatian and Japanese
Notes: The collection was acquired on the initiative of Prof Dai Smith, who later negotiated the transfer of Williams’ personal papers from the family estate, deposited at the National Library of Wales. The Salisbury Library also holds almost every monographic edition of his works, plus works about him, published after his lifetime, up to the late 1990s.