The Welsh intellectual Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was among the most influential British cultural and literary theorists of the 20th century. His academic work influenced many scholars across the humanities, including figures like Edward Said and Stuart Hall, and laid the foundations for cultural studies. As a public intellectual and educator, Williams was committed to democratic debate about forms of cultural hegemony and the role of art in the “long revolution” towards a participatory, egalitarian democratic culture. Williams also wrote several novels, short stories and plays.

For more details regarding Williams life and work, see the Wikipedia entry on Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall’s essay “The life of Raymond Williams” (2008) in the New Statesman.