Daniel Owen


Daniel Owen (October 20, 1836 – October 22, 1895), was a Welsh novelist.

He was born in Mold, Flintshire, and apprenticed to a tailor, then trained unsuccessfully for the ministry before returning to the tailoring business. His father and two brothers were killed in a mining accident.

He was the first major novelist in the Welsh language, and is still considered the greatest, his best-known works being:

  • Y Dreflan (1881)
  • Rhys Lewis (1885)
    written in the Welsh language and first published in 1885. Its full title is Hunangofiant Rhys Lewis, Gweinidog Bethel (“The autobiography of Rhys Lewis, minister of Bethel”). The novel has been adapted for Welsh language television.
  • Enoc Huws (1891)
    written in the Welsh language and first published in 1891. It has been adapted for stage and television.
  • Gwen Tomos (1894)