Library - Section 2
This section contains media featuring Raymond Williams and work by him
The Country and the City with kind permission of Mike Dibb
"An extremely dense translation to film of Raymond Williams’ 1973 book of the same title which traces images of ‘nature’ and ‘town’ through 200 years of English literature. The connections Williams establishes as he traces the history of Tatton Park near Manchester - ‘an almost perfect example of how the English country house has influenced if not dominated our images of the country’ - are often startling and the film’s style continually illuminates the overall argument. All of the details taken from writers, painters, landscape artists and from 19th and 20th history of major urban centres are placed within a framework of class-based economic history - ‘the country and the city are parts of an interacting system dominated by a single class’- and the result is a unique TV essay. Michael Dibb, the director, has worked well with Williams to ensure that every image, every snatch of sound-track plays its part in the structure."
Time Out Magazine
Art: Freedom as Duty
A lecture by Raymond Williams
Planet Magazine published this recording of an extraordinary lecture by their former Patron Raymond Williams in celebration of his centenary. The lecture was organised by the Extra-Mural Department at UCW Aberystwyth in collaboration with the Welsh Arts Council, and was held in 1978 at Gregynog Hall.
Raymond Willaims Last Ever TV Interview 1988
Donated by Colin Thomas, who directed the film. The clip is originally from an HTV series he directed for Channel Four on "The Divided Kingdom".
Books by Raymond Williams
Border Country - free pdf
The Country and the City - preview and get it here
The Long Revolution - preview and get it here
The Volunteers - preview and get it here
Culture and Society - preview and get it here
May Day Manifesto - preview and get it here
Keywords - preview and get it here
Who speaks for Wales - preview and get it here
Culture is Ordinary - an essay by Williams - free pdf