File NLW MS 23764E. - Caitlin Thomas letters to Mary Keene,

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NLW MS 23764E.


Caitlin Thomas letters to Mary Keene,


  • 1944-1957 / (Creation)

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54 ff. Guarded and filed at NLW.

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Sold by the vendors on behalf of Mary Keene's daughter.

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Paul Rassam (20th Century Literature); London; Purchase; March 1999; B1999/9.

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Thirty-five letters, 1944-1957, to the artists' model Mary Keene, comprising twenty-three from her friend Caitlin Thomas, 1945-1954 (ff. 1-30), six from the latter's sister Brigit Marnier, 1944-1949 (ff. 33-43), and six from Florence Thomas, mother of Dylan Thomas, 1954-1957 (ff. 44-53), all containing personal and family news.
Also included is a letter, 11 October 1950, to Caitlin Thomas from her domestic help, Dolly Long of Laugharne (ff. 31-32). There are numerous references to Dylan Thomas (ff. 1 verso-10 passim, 19, 20 27 verso) and his funeral (ff. 43-44) and to Caitlin (in addition to her own letters) (ff. 36 verso, 44-54 passim). There are also references to Laurie Lee (f. 16 verso), Anthony Devas (f. 23 verso), Louis MacNeice (f. 45 verso) and Daniel Jones (f. 47 verso).

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

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Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Caitlin Thomas copyright can be found at (viewed April 2010)

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23764E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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April 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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  • Text: NLW MS 23764E.