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Acknowledgement letter from Dylan Thomas,

A letter, 30 December 1952, from Dylan Thomas, Laugharne, to A[lfred] Morgan of Barry, Glamorgan, acknowledging his letter of condolence on the death of Thomas's father [on 16 December 1952]. The poet's statement that his father 'died very peacefully', contrasts with the sentiments expressed in his villanelle 'Do not go gentle into that good night'. The letter is apparently unpublished.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

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of: a letter from Dylan, 16 December 1952, informing Mai of the death of his father that day (ff. 3-4; apparently unpublished); a letter from his father David John (Jack), 28 June 1951, sympathising with Mai on the recent loss of her husband and giving family news (ff. 1-2); and a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: Into her lying down head

A carbon copy typescript, [?1940], of the third verse of Dylan Thomas's poem 'Into her lying down head', with the final ten lines crossed through and completely re-written (as nine lines) in Thomas's hand, [1943x1946] (f. 17).
The typescript appears to match the text as originally published in Life and Letters To-day, 27 (November 1940), 124-126, and collected in Dylan Thomas, New Poems (Norfolk, Conn., 1943), pp. 2-4; the manuscript changes, with one exception, conform to those made before its publication in Dylan Thomas, Deaths and Entrances (London, 1946), pp. 20-22. A typescript summary of the poem's history, [late 20 cent], reproducing the original version of the third verse, is also included (f. 18).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter.

Autograph letter, 19 February 1945, from Dylan Thomas, New Quay, Cardiganshire, to N[ancy] R. Pearn of Pearn, Pollinger and Higham, his literary agents, agreeing to the broadcast of his poem 'In Memory of Ann Jones' [also known as 'After the Funeral'] on 26 February [1945].
The letter is apparently unpublished. The accompanying envelope has the phrase 'Miss Elizabeth Cree / Remember wee / Three' typed on the front (f. 10a).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter to Charles Fisher,

Letter, 14 June 1939, from Dylan Thomas, Laugharne, to the poet and writer Charles Fisher, arranging to meet and referring to a new poem, his baby son, Llewelyn, and a forthcoming broadcast with Keidrych Rhys.
The letter was published in The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 435-436.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter to Graham Greene,

An autograph letter, [early January 1947], from Dylan Thomas, at Holywell Ford, Oxford, to Graham [Greene], concerning the potential publication of Thomas's film script 'The Doctor and the Devils'.
The letter was published in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), p. 681.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter to Keidrych Rhys

A letter, 5 August [1939], from Dylan Thomas, at 'The Literary Village' [i.e. Laugharne], to Keidrych Rhys, editor of the literary periodical Wales. The writer is critical of the latest issue (Wales, 1.8/9 (August 1939)), and in particular of a story by S. G. Leonard, 'A labour of love' (pp. 235-238).
There are also references to Nigel Heseltine, Lynette Roberts and Glyn Jones. The letter is apparently unpublished.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter to Vernon Watkins,

A facsimile copy, [1965x1985], of a letter, 15 July 1937, from Dylan Thomas, Mousehole, Cornwall, to Vernon Watkins, announcing his marriage to Caitlin Macnamara and apologising for altering a poem by Watkins prior to publication.
The original letter is now BL Add MS 52612, f. 5. It was first published in Dylan Thomas, Letters to Vernon Watkins, ed. by Vernon Watkins (London, 1957), pp. 27-28; see also The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), p. 294.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter,

An autograph letter, 27 May 1951, from Dylan Thomas, the Boat House, Laugharne, to Ronald [Bottrall], poet and British Council representative in Rome, indicating his willingness to record a piece for the Italian radio station R.A.I. The letter is apparently unpublished.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter,

A letter, 30 January 1940, from Dylan Thomas to E. F. Bozman at J.M. Dent & Sons, his publishers, sending corrected proofs of his Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (London, 1940), and discussing the listing of his previous works in the volume.
This letter is published in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), p. 497.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter,

An apparently unpublished letter, [Autumn 1937], from Dylan Thomas, Blashford, Hampshire, to Hermann Peschmann, poet and editor. Thomas discusses giving a poetry reading and asks Peschmann to forward a letter to the poet Anna Wickham.
For a subsequent letter to Peschmann, 21 November 1937, thanking him for forwarding the letter, see Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 306-307.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letter,

An autograph letter, 29 August 1949, from Dylan Thomas, The Boat House, Laugharne, to Colin Robinson of Isleworth, Middlesex, answering a series of questions mostly concerning the publication of his work (ff. 12-13).
The letter is apparently unpublished. The poet is replying to Robinson's typescript letter, dated 22 August 1949, a carbon copy of which is enclosed (f. 14).

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).

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

Dylan Thomas letters,

  • NLW MS 23068E.
  • File
  • [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.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

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.

Map of Llareggub,

A two-page schematic sketch map of Llareggub, [1944x1951], drawn in brown ink by Dylan Thomas during the process of composition of his play for voices, Under Milk Wood.
The general topography of the town largely corresponds to the finished play; the map shows features such as Llareggub Hill and Donkey Down, with the homes of various characters and other buildings being identified along Coronation Street, Cockle Street and Donkey Street. On the reverse is an earlier abortive attempt, identifying only Ogmore-Pritchard, Willy Nilly and the Town Hall. The obverse of the map is reproduced in Douglas Cleverdon, The Growth of Milk Wood (London, 1969), pp. 12-13; Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood: The definitive edition, ed. by Walford Davies and Ralph Maud (London, 1995), p. 64; and Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood: A play for voices, ed. by Walford Davies (London, 2000), p. 64.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.

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