My People (story collection)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

My People is a collection of short stories by Caradoc Evans, first published in 1915 by Andrew Melrose and highly controversial at the time. It is subtitled Stories of the Peasantry of West Wales.

The work has been compared with Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, James Joyce's Dubliners (which came out a year earlier although after the text of My People had been completed and submitted to - and rejected by - Stanley Unwin), and The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown.[citation needed]

In its context of early 20th century Nonconformism, the book was designed to shock. Biblical language is used (Evans having learned English largely from this source) in stories where meanness and violence figure prominently. The Western Mail commented that its author would appear to have raked in the garbage of the countryside for his characters.[citation needed] Many Welsh readers considered it a betrayal of his homeland.