Adam, G. F. “Rhys Davies.” Three Contemporary Anglo-Welsh Novelists: Jack Jones, Rhys Davies, and Hilda Vaughan. Bern: Franke, 1950. Analysis discusses Davies’ childhood impressions of religion, the influence of D. H. Lawrence’s erotic philosophy, sociological conflicts in Wales brought about by industrialization, recurring themes in Davies’ short stories, Davies’ characterizations (especially of strong women), and Davies’ sense of humor.
Davies, Philippa. Introduction to Ram with Red Horns. Chester Springs, Pa.: Dufor Editions, 1996. A professor at the University of Wales, Philippa Davies has explored Rhys Davies’ fiction as it relates to history. She predicts that revived interest in his realistic work will result in a new biography, a new short-story anthology, and adaptations for television. She discusses ways in which Davies’ was contradictory on social and political issues, in his ethnicity, and in his personal life.
Davies, Rhys. Preface to The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies. London: Heinemann, 1955. Davies explains that he chose the forty-three stories in the anthology because they are his favorites. He has organized them to avoid monotony. Comic stories follow tragic, and Welsh settings follow London. In metaphorical terms he compares the short story to a small garden, while a novel is like a littered public park. He compares humor to “a rascal that must be kept in control.” Humor should “steal on a reader, unsuspected.” Davies prefers “dark funereal tales, though not always.”
Davies, Rhys. Print of a Hare’s Foot. London: Heinemann, 1969, 1997. Davies’ memoir gives insight into his boyhood experiences in Clydach Vale. Especially interesting are his conversations with D. H. Lawrence. Includes entertaining anecdotes and descriptions of various women friends, like Nina Hamnett, and landladies, whom he calls “keyhole spies.” However, Davies is evasive about much of his personal life.
Rees, David. Rhys Davies. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1975. Analyses of novels written between 1954 and 1970: characterizations, settings and moods, the theme of the struggle for sexual and social dominance, assessment of Davies’ portrayal of Welsh life, personal style as a creative writer, characterizations, regional settings, and universal themes.