Rhys Davies (1) [1901–1978]

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Rhys Davies was born Vivian Rees Davies in Blaenclydach, a side-valley of the Rhondda, near Tonypandy in Wales. His father kept a grocer's shop and his mother was a schoolteacher. He left school at age 14 and worked in his parents' shop and in Cardiff before moving to London, where he launched his literary career. His early short stories appeared in The New Coterie, a small avant-garde magazine. In 1927, he published his first short story collection, The Song of Songs, and his first novel, The Withered Root. Around this time, he was invited to stay with D.H. Lawrence and Frieda Lawrence in the south of France. The meeting was dramatized in the play Sex and Power at the Beau Rivage (2003) by Lewis Davies, Rhys's younger brother. Davies led a peripatetic life in the 1930s. He became a prolific writer but had financial success. Eventually, he was made financially secure by two legacies, one from the estate of his friend Anna Kavan and the other from Louise Taylor, the adopted daughter of Alice B. Toklas. In 1967, he won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his collection of stories The Chosen One. In 1968 he was admitted to the Order of the British Empire. Davies wrote The Honeysuckle Girl (1975) based on Anna Kavan's early life. D.J. Britton's play Silverglass is about the relationship between Rhys Davies and Anna Kavan.

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