The writing of good autobiography requires an encounter with oneself that can involve the need to wrestle with potent elements from one's past. This work on 20th-century Welsh autobiography in English traces the psychological influences which have shaped the consciousness and world views of seven authors, all by birth, or by adoption, Welsh.
Dr Barbara Prys-Williams is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales at the University of Wales, Swansea where she gained a Ph.D. in English. She taught for some twenty years in schools in Britain and abroad. She has published widely on Welsh autobiography in English.