Richard Llewellyn

Richard Llewellyn
Other names
Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd
Birth and death
1906 - 1983
Profession details
Related place
Alistair Grant

Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd [pseudonym, Richard Llewellyn] (1906-1983), novelist. His first novel 'How Green was my Valley', published under the pseudonym Richard Llewellyn in 1939, was set in a South Wales mining community. It was filmed in Hollywood by John Ford in 1940 (and won five Oscars), making the novel a worldwide best-seller, which was translated into two dozen languages, and has never been out of print. It is the most famous book about South Wales, and one of the most popular novels in English of the twentieth century, and brought him huge celebrity and an assured income. Shortly after publishing the novel he became a lieutenant in the Welsh Guards in 1940, was promoted to Captain in 1942, serving for most of the war as a non-combatant at Sandown Park.

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