Lewis Davies

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Lewis Davies (Arthur Lewis Davies, 1913–2011), the younger brother of Rhys Davies, was a librarian and philanthropist who established a foundation (the Rhys Davies Trust) devoted to the promotion of Welsh writing in English.

Davies was born in the coal mining village of Blaenclydach, near Tonypandy, to parents who operated a grocery store and were careful to educate all their six children to keep them from having to be employed in the coal mines. Like his more famous brother Rhys, he was homosexual and for that reason decided against a career in the Anglican priesthood.[1]

He studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, trained as a librarian and, in 1937, secured a position at the Daily Mirror which he held for ten years. He then went to Odhams Press and was promoted to chief librarian in 1952 — a position he held until his retirement from the succeeding company IPC Books in 1978.[1]

In 1990, he decided to use the proceeds of substantial bequests to help promote the literary reputation of his brother and other Anglo-Welsh writers.[1] [2]

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Based on a Wikipedia article.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Meic Stephens http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/lewis-davies-philanthropist-and-librarian-whose-generosity-benefited-many-welsh-writers-6281850.html Lewis Davies: Philanthropist and librarian whose generosity benefited many Welsh writers Obituary in The Independent, 27 December 2011. Accessed 6 March 2012.
  2. http://www.literaturewales.org/organisations-of-interest/i/133357/ The Rhys Davies Trust at Literature Wales