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Dylan Thomas family letters

  • NLW MS 23932D.
  • File
  • 1951-1953

Three letters, 1951-1953, from Dylan Thomas and his parents to Dylan's cousin, Mai Griffiths of Cross Hands.
They consist of: a letter from Dylan, 16 December 1952, informing Mai of the death of his father that day (ff. 3-4; apparently unpublished); a letter from his father David John (Jack), 28 June 1951, sympathising with Mai on the recent loss of her husband and giving family news (ff. 1-2); and a letter from his mother Florence (Florrie), 4 May [1953], on the recent death of Florence's daughter Nancy (ff. 5-6).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Dylan Thomas letter to Liz Reitell

  • NLW MS 24091D
  • File
  • 16 June 1953

A holograph letter, dated 16 June 1953, from Dylan Thomas, Boat House, Laugharne, to his lover Elizabeth (Liz) Reitell, New York, concerning various personal and work matters. It was written soon after Thomas's return to Wales from his American tour and he describes his flight to London and his stay there in the days after the Coronation.
The letter is published in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 994-5. The original envelope is included (f. 2a).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Dylan Thomas letters

  • NLW MS 24037D
  • File
  • [1936]-1950

A collection of six letters, [1936]-1950, from Dylan Thomas, comprising one letter to Caitlin Thomas, [6 September 1945], mainly concerning money, work and their living arrangements (f. 3), and three letters to his parents, D.J. and Florence Thomas, sent from Oxford, 12 January 1947 (ff. 4-9), from Florence, Italy (but giving as his address that of the family's next destination on Elba), 19 July 1947 (ff. 10-12), and from New York, 26 February 1950 (f. 13); together with typescript copies, possibly by Thomas, of two letters from him, dated 9 March 1936 and 13 July 1938, to Wyn Henderson (the presumed original letters are in the University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library) (ff. 1-2).
All the letters appear in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000).

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Dylan Thomas letters top Desmond Hawkins

  • NLW MS 23529C.
  • File
  • 1935-1940

Thirty-three autograph and typescript letters, 1935-40, from Dylan Thomas to the novelist, critic and broadcaster Desmond Hawkins, containing personal news and comments on his literary work, including a detailed response (ff. 25-9) to Hawkins's questions about poems included in The Map of Love (London, 1939). Two sketches pasted on to ff. 18 and 19 do not appear to be Thomas's work. The letters were published in Ferris, Paul (ed.): The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas (London, 1985).

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Dylan Thomas letters,

  • NLW MS 23068E.
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  • [1930]-[1934] /

Eleven letters, [1930]-[1934], from Dylan Thomas to Percy Eynon Smart, a schoolfriend with whom he had co-edited the Swansea Grammar School Magazine, 1929-1930. The letters refer to this magazine, which Thomas was editing, 1930-1931, and to a literary periodical entitled 'Prose and Verse', which they proposed to publish, and include a draft preface by Thomas for the latter (f. 5 verso); they also include personal news and a rough draft of a poem by Thomas (f. 15 verso).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Dylan Thomas poems

  • NLW MS 23917D.
  • File
  • [1929]-[early 1940s]

A sample copy, [1929], of part of a projected printed book by Ezra Pound, to be called 'The Complete Works of Guido Cavalcanti', containing also four autograph poems and a prose fragment by Dylan Thomas, [1936]-[early 1940s], and two typescript poems by Vernon Watkins, [c. 1939]. Pound's book was intended for publication in 1929 but was abandoned, with only the first 56 pages printed, when the Aquila Press went bankrupt. The present volume appears to be a sample copy, of which two similar ones are recorded (see Donald Gallup, Ezra Pound: A Bibliography (Charlottesville, 1983), p. 153), consisting of the first two gatherings only (ff. 2-9) and filled out with blank leaves (ff. 10-74). The original Aquila Press fragments were later incorporated into the composite work Guido Cavalcanti Rime, ed. by Ezra Pound (Genoa, [1932]).
The Dylan Thomas poems are 'Then was my neophyte', [1936] (f. 11) (published in Twenty-five Poems (London, 1936), pp. 40-41), 'We lying by seasand', [1937x1939] (f. 74 verso) (first published in Poetry (Chicago), 49.4 (January 1937), 183, and collected in The Map of Love (London, 1939), p. 8), 'Paper and sticks', [early 1940s] (tipped in on f. 12) (first published in Seven, 6 (Autumn 1939), 6, and collected in Deaths and Entrances (London, 1946), p. 23), and 'Once below a time', [early 1940s] (tipped in on ff. 13-14) (first published in Life and Letters Today, 24.31 (March 1940), 274-275; see Collected Poems 1934-1952 (London, [1952]), pp. 132-133); the prose fragment (tipped in on f. 15) is the end of 'One Warm Saturday', [1938], the last story in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (London, 1940), pp. 253-254. The two Vernon Watkins poems, 'The windows', 1939, and 'A bronze head', [c. 1939], are apparently unpublished (tipped in on ff. 16-17). A dried leaf found loose within the volume has been put in an archival sleeve.

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Jeff Towns (Dylan Thomas) Collection

  • GB 0210 DYLTJT
  • Fonds
  • [1925x2013]

Papers of, and relating to, Dylan Thomas, [1925x2013], collected and collated by Jeff Towns, including scripts, correspondence, programmes and papers relating to the publication of Under Milk Wood, and radio, stage, film and audio productions of the play, 1953-2005; research papers and works relating to Dylan Thomas, 1937-2006; letters by Dylan Thomas, and the letters and papers of his wife Caitlin, their three children and his parents, 1935-2007; autograph prose works, [1925x1953], and personal papers, [1929]-1960; poetry, [1928x2010], mostly comprising autograph drafts; unpublished autograph letters by Dylan Thomas, [1926]-1995; and a small group of material, 1939-[2013], including four autograph letters, 1939, from the author, relating to The map of love.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Letters of Anglo-Welsh writers

  • NLW MS 22003E.
  • File
  • 1901-1991

Over a hundred letters, 1901-1991, of miscellaneous provenance from twentieth-century Anglo-Welsh writers to various recipients; the correspondents include Gillian Clarke (10, and three poems) 1986-1988, Rhys Davies (10) 1928-1929, 1975-1978, W. H. Davies (13, together with press cuttings, 1905-1950s, and four printed poems) [1909x1913]-1925, David Jones (8) 1960-1973, John Cowper Powys (7) 1927-1953, Dylan Thomas (10) 1938-1952, Edward Thomas (7) 1901-1912, Gwyn Thomas (2) 1952-1953, R. S. Thomas (6) 1956-1960 and Vernon Watkins (5) 1962-1966.

Clarke, Gillian, 1937-

Notes for his father's 'Elegy'

  • NLW MS 23992E.
  • File
  • 1953

One page of untitled holograph notes by Dylan Thomas, 1953, written whilst composing his last poem, the unfinished 'Elegy' to his father, David John (D.J.) Thomas, who died on 16 December 1952.
The work first appeared in print, as a 'previously unpublished poem', in Encounter, 6/2 (February 1956), and was included by Vernon Watkins as an appendix to the Collected Poems after 1956. For a copy of the poem as completed by Vernon Watkins, see NLW MS 22552E.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953


  • NLW MS 12043B.
  • File
  • 1930 /

A page from an autograph album containing an original poem of two stanzas signed by Dylan M[arlais] Thomas and written at Hendre Farm, St. Dogmaels, co. Pembroke, in 1930.

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Poems sent to Thomas Taig

  • NLW MS 23990D.
  • File
  • 1937-1939

Letter, dated 23 August 1939, from Dylan Thomas to Thomas Taig, enclosing a selection of poems intended 'for some kind of dramatic presentation' (f. 1). The writer encloses holograph fair copies of two of his poems: 'Find meat on bones that soon have none ...' (ff. 2-4) and 'Ears in the turrets hear ...' (ff. 5-6). He also encloses his own transcripts of George Woodcock's poem 'Landore' (f. 7), and Alan Pryce-Jones's 'Voyage' (ff. 8-9), together with three published issues of Keidrych Rhys's periodical Wales, 1937-8 (ff. 10-69), one of which bears Dylan's signature, and notes (f. 69 verso).
Thomas Taig was active in the Swansea Little Theatre, and intended to present poems by Welshmen writing in English at a London theatre at the end of September 1939; see further Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 438 and 452n.

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Under Milk Wood,

  • NLW ex 2797.
  • File
  • [1971]-[1972] /

A first draft screenplay by the director Andrew Sinclair (Timon Films, London), [1971]-[1972], of the play by Dylan Thomas. A piece of paper has been pasted on the title page with the words: 'For Andrew, I have rarely admired or liked a man better! Affectionately Richard B.'.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953