From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Raymond Henry Williams (31 August 1921 - 26 January 1988) was a Welsh academic, novelist and critic. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature reflected his Marxist outlook. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. Of special interest is his Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. He made his reputation with Culture and Society, published in 1958 and an immediate success.