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Watkins, Vernon Phillips, 1906-1967
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Bill W. Murphy,

Bound typescript (photocopy), [1965x1968], of a paper by B. W. Murphy, entitled 'Creation and destruction. Notes on Dylan Thomas'; together with an offprint of an article based on this work published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology, 41, (1968), pp. 149-167; three related letters, 1964-1965, from the author to Vernon Watkins; and an undated typescript copy of an unsigned letter by Dylan Thomas to Marguerite Caetani.

Correspondence : W,

Includes letters from Meurig Walters (9), J. P. Ward (3), Vernon Watkins (6), Harri Webb (9), [?] Geoffrey West (2), Laurence Whistler, Alun Llywelyn-Williams (12), Barbara Prys-Williams (2), Gareth Williams, Gwyn Williams (5), Herbert Williams (4), Huw Menai (16), John Stuart Williams (4), Kyffin Williams (2), Morris T. Williams (3), and Woodrow Wyatt (7).

D. J. and Florence Thomas,

Holograph letter, dated 31 December 1941, by Dylan Thomas to his parents D. J. and Florence Thomas, written in black ink on lined paper (ff. 1r-3r) and sent from Chiswick, thanking them for the Christmas presents; writing from London, he refers to the time spent in Oxford with Alan and Margaret Taylor over the Christmas holiday, the urgency to find somewhere for Caitlin and Llewelyn to stay near the capital, his recent work on short information films and a radio script, a visit from Vernon Watkins, and a poem published in Lilliput. The envelope is postmarked January 1942.

Daniel Jones and David Higham,

Correspondence, 1953-1954 and 1958, comprising twenty-two mainly typescript letters, mostly from the literary agent David Higham, of Pearn, Pollinger & Higham Ltd, to Daniel Jones, and including five replies (two unsigned) from Daniel Jones, one being a 9 ff. draft letter. Among the topics discussed are the collection of Dylan Thomas letters, edited by Daniel Jones and Vernon Watkins; the publication of a collection of radio talks by Dylan Thomas; the radio production of 'Under Milk Wood'; the publication of Under Milk Wood in Mademoiselle, the serialisation of the work in the Sunday Observer, the edition published by Dent containing a preface by Daniel Jones, and the Acting Edition of the play; incidental music to Under Milk Wood, including the composer's rights; the poet's papers in America; the circumstances surrounding his death; and Caitlin Thomas.

David Jones letters to Valerie Wynne-Williams

  • NLW MS 24167i-iiiE.
  • File
  • 1958-1974

One hundred and twenty-four autograph letters, 1959-1974, from painter-poet David ('Dafydd') Jones, all addressed to Valerie ('Elri') Wynne-Williams (née Price), with the exception of two to her husband Michael ('Mihangel') (ff. 54, 112-113) and one to them both (ff. 55-56), discussing a variety of topics including his, and her, health and living conditions, his work, his friends, the Welsh language and Welsh history and politics. Some letters are illustrated with coloured pencil, pen and ink drawings, mainly of animals and flowers (ff. 8, 32, 33, 45 verso, 46 verso-47, 48 verso, 76, 103, 104 verso, 152), inscriptions (ff. 9, 34, 124 verso, 128, 136 verso) and sketch maps of Harrow (ff. 143, 144).
There are references throughout to friends and correspondents including Saunders Lewis (ff. 2-11 passim, 42-188 passim), Harman Grisewood (ff. 4-192 verso passim), René Hague (ff. 42 verso-187 passim), David Blamires (ff. 160, 186, 190 verso, 192), Louis Bonnerot (ff. 123, 186 verso), Tom Burns (ff. 13, 14 verso, 48, 64 verso, 68 verso, 77, 85 verso, 86 verso, 89 verso, 110, 116, 140 recto-verso, 188 verso), Douglas Cleverdon (ff. 68 verso, 160 verso, 162, 163 verso, 187), Aneirin Talfan Davies (ff. 9 verso, 11, 14 verso, 16, 33 verso, 63 verso, 71 verso, 123, 124, 128, 129 verso, 154 verso, 162), Clarissa Eden (f. 107 verso), T. S. Eliot (ff. 51 recto-verso, 62 verso, 67 verso, 69 verso, 71, 73, 74, 85), Gwynfor Evans (ff. 29 verso, 31, 131-192 verso passim), Illtud Evans (f. 6, 11 recto-verso, 37, 46 verso, 57, 61), Arthur Giardelli (ff. 150, 151 verso, 171 verso, 186), Eric Gill (ff. 45 verso, 66, 67 verso, 68 verso, 121), Stanley Honeyman (ff. 84, 140, 154 verso, 159 verso), Morag Owen (ff. 59, 98, 140), Catherine Rousseau (née Ivainer) (ff. 36 verso-127 passim), Stephen Spender (ff. 81 verso-82, 83 verso, 91), Bill Stevenson (f. 158 verso) and Helen Sutherland (ff. 68, 97 verso, 157). There are also occasional references to Desmond Chute (f. 120 verso), Idris Foster (ff. 60 verso, 63 verso), Philip Jones Griffiths (ff. 1, 131), David Lloyd George (ff. 108 verso-109, 127 verso), Megan Lloyd George (ff. 18 verso, 20, 21-22), J. D. Innes (f. 49 verso), Augustus John (f. 85 verso), Alun Oldfield-Davies (ff. 37, 77), Tristram Powell (ff. 142 recto-verso, 144), Caradog Prichard (ff. 19 verso, 77, 108), Kathleen Raine (f. 59 verso), Keidrych Rhys (ff. 6 verso, 8, 9, 16, 30 verso, 36 verso), Meic Stephens (ff. 171, 175), Vernon Watkins (ff. 47, 128 verso), D. J. Williams (f. 106 recto-verso), Kyffin Williams (ff. 49, 63, 77) and R. O. F. Wynne and his family (ff. 61, 62, 63, 64 verso, 67 verso, 81, 94 verso, 96 verso¸ 98, 130 verso), and brief reminiscences of his experiences during the First World War (ff. 70 recto-verso, 76, 79 recto-verso, 108 verso-109, 130 recto-verso, 151 verso, 164). Also included is a copy of his letter, dated 10 August 1959, to Megan Lloyd George (f. 21; for her reply see NLW, David Jones (Artist and Writer) Papers CT3/3, f. 247); cuttings of letters to the Times by David Jones, Valerie Price and others, 1958 (ff. 193-196); and a copy of a 1959 photograph of the two by Philip Jones Griffiths (f. 197). The letter of 23 September 1973 (ff. 178-179 verso) was published under the title 'Yr Iaith' in Planet, 21 (January 1974), 3-5.

Jones, David, 1895-1974

Dora Polk papers

The file comprises typescript copies of the D.Phil. (University of California) dissertation by Dora Polk, 'Vernon Watkins: an ambience for reading the "Ballad of the Mari Lwyd" and other poems', 1970; and article, 'Gateways to the vision of Vernon Watkins', published in The Anglo-Welsh Review, vol. 20, no. 45 (Autumn 1971).

Polk, Dora.

Douglas Cleverdon,

Script, 1966, (21 pp.), entitled '"In country heaven" an unfinished "poem-to-be" by Dylan Thomas', produced by Douglas Cleverdon and broadcast on the Third Programme, December 1966; together with a typescript copy, (6 pp.), of an article by DC, 'Young Aesop fabling by the coracled Towy', and cutting of the published version, 'Dylan Thomas - an unpublished poem', from the Daily Telegraph weekend supplement; and a letter, 1966, from DC to Vernon Watkins in which the former refers to the broadcast and article. Also included is a memorandum, 1963, from DC regarding the programme 'Portrait of Dylan Thomas'.

Draft letters

The file comprises miscellaneous manuscript drafts of letters from David Jones to friends and associates, including William Blissett, Jim and Helen Ede, Dame Edith [Sitwell], Ethel [Watts], Rachel Bromwich, Vernon [Watkins], Aneirin [Talfan Davies], [Rhydwen] Williams, [Thomas] Charles Edwards, Prof. Thomas Jones and others. Many of the drafts are incomplete, many only of the first paragraph of the letter. There is also a short note from D. Gwenallt Jones, 1957.

Gwenallt, 1899-1968

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.

Florence Thomas,

Six autograph letters (one photocopy), [1953]-1957, from Dylan Thomas's mother, Florence ('Florrie') Thomas, to various recipients including Daniel Jones, J. Oliver Stephens and Vernon Watkins. They mainly relate to her bereavement, to Dylan, Caitlin and the grandchildren, and her health.

Francis Dufau-Labeyrie,

Seven letters, 1979-1983, from Francis Dufau-Labeyrie to Gwen Watkins, assisting with research for her book, Portrait of a friend (Llandysul, 1983); he discusses correspondence between himself and Vernon Watkins and his recollections of Dylan Thomas. Also included are photocopies of letters, dated [1937]-1963, from Vernon Watkins to Francis Dufau-Labeyrie containing references to Dylan Thomas, and a copy of Dufau-Labeyrie's 'Notes in memory of Vernon Watkins', 1977.

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Gwen Watkins,

Correspondence, 1979-1981, including letters from Gwen Watkins (5), Roland Mathias and Gillian Clarke, concerning a dispute regarding copyright of material quoted in an article on Vernon Watkins published in The Anglo-Welsh Review.

Watkins, Gwen.

Letters

Includes letters, 1935-1997, from John Malcolm Brinnin (4), John Davenport (2), Nicolette Devas, George Firmage (2), Alfred Janes (2), Mary Keene, Mervyn Levy, Mably Ceredig Owen (2), John Prichard (to Dylan Thomas, enclosing typescript play, 'The centric part'), Bill Read (2), Lynette Roberts, Stephen Spender (3), Margaret Taylor (2), and Tom Warner (2). Amongst the recipients are Vernon Watkins, Daniel Jones, and Charles Fisher. Also included are press cuttings, [1949]-1999, relating to Alfred Janes, mostly tributes.

Letters to Ceri and Frances Richards,

Some hundred letters, 1929-80 (correspondents N-W), to Ceri and Frances Richards, many of them concerned with their work as artists. The correspondents include John Ormond (11) [?1940s]-1976 (with typescript and autograph drafts and fair copies of poems, and typescript text of a radio broadcast by him, 1954, entitled 'Rest and Unrest: the Art of Ceri Richards'), Victor Pasmore (1) 1969, Peter Pears (8) [1960s-70s], Sir John Rothenstein (2) 1958-68, Roberto Sanesi (12) 1961-76, Stephen Spender (2) 1962, Graham Sutherland (3) [?1941]-56, Vernon Watkins (10) 1960-7 (see note 544, below), with one autograph and one typescript poem.

Letters to John Davenport

  • NLW MS 14934E.
  • File
  • 1939-1966

Eighty letters, 1939-1966, to John Davenport, literary critic and friend of Dylan Thomas, much of the correspondence relating to literary matters (ff. 1-91). There are references to Thomas throughout, including detailed (and contrasting) accounts, by John Malcolm Brinnin (ff. 12-13) and George Reavey (ff. 71-72 verso), of events surrounding his death.
The correspondents include Kingsley Amis, 1955-1965 (ff. 1-6), John Malcolm Brinnin, 1952-1953 (ff. 11-13), Walford Davies, 1963-1965 (ff. 16-23), Constantine FitzGibbon, 1950-1966 (ff. 27-52), Glyn Jones, March-April 1965 (ff. 57-59), T. H. Jones, 9 November 1961 (f. 60), George Reavey, [November 1953] (ff. 71-72), Roger Roughton, 1939-1940 (ff. 73-80), Caitlin Thomas, 1947-[?1952] (ff. 81-85, including a postcard also signed by Dylan Thomas), and Vernon Watkins, 1956-1965 (ff. 86-90). Also included are further papers relating to Dylan Thomas, comprising manuscript notes by Davenport, [1956x1966] (ff. 92-100); a postcard, [?1950], to Thomas from Jack Lindsay in Prague (f. 101); a typescript, 10 November 1953, of a radio obituary to Thomas by Davenport (ff. 102-104); a typescript article, [mid-1950s], on Thomas by Davenport (ff. 105-114); and press cuttings, 1954-1965 (ff. 115-121). A typescript table of contents is ff. i-iii. Three of the Kingsley Amis letters (ff. 1, 2, 4) are published in The Letters of Kingsley Amis, ed. by Zachary Leader (London, 2000) (pp. 448-50, 464-5, 527-8).

Davenport, John, 1908-1966.

Letters,

Thirty-four unpublished autograph letters and cards, together with a telegram, 1947-1984, from Caitlin Thomas; among the recipients are Paul Ferris, Daniel Jones (with a draft reply by him), Mervyn Levy, Andrew Sinclair, Stuart Thomas, Ruthven Todd, and Gwen and Vernon Watkins. Also included is a handwritten and typescript copy of a letter, dated 16 December 1953, to George Reavey and Irene Rice Pereira, with a photograph of Caitlin and baby Colm; a typescript copy of a letter, 1954, to David [Higham]; and photocopies of two letters, 1951 and 1962, sent to Helen [McAlpine], held at the University of Texas. Personal matters are mainly discussed in these letters, and Caitlin's life and relationship with Dylan Thomas; several letters are written during the months following her husband's death, and some relate to the trial concerning ownership of the manuscript of 'Under Milk Wood'.

Miscellaneous letters,

Photocopies and typescript copies, produced [1955x2000], of seven letters from Dylan Thomas, dated [?1935]-1953, found loose amongst papers acquired in this group. Most were published in Paul Ferris ed., The collected letters of Dylan Thomas (London, 1985). Among the recipients are Marguerite Caetani (2), Pamela Hansford Johnson, J. Oliver Stephens, and Vernon Watkins (signed by VW).

Opus 10: Canticle for Tenor and Piano: Words by Twentieth Century Anglo-Welsh Poets (six parts)

Draft score in ink with pencil annotations, dated 1956-1961 and titled Opus 10: 'Canticle for Tenor and Piano: Words by 20th-century Anglo-Welsh Poets'. The score is in six parts: Part 1, 'Lean on the Rail' by Randal Jenkins, dated 1 - 12 January 1957; Part 2, 'I Will Give you a Golden Flower' by David Harries, dated 16 December 1956; Part 3, 'Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed' by Dylan Thomas, dated 24 July 1957; Part 4, 'When I was a Child' by R. S. Thomas, dated 24 November 1959; Part 5, 'Is There a Cause?' by Vernon Watkins, dated 21 April 1960; and Part 7, 'There is No Time' by Raymond Garlick, as a loose page draft pencil partial score, dated 24 January 1961. Part 6 is wanting.

Opus 10: Canticle for Voice and Piano (facsimile)

Facsimile copy of ink score, dated 1956-1961, titled Opus 10: 'Canticle for Voice and Piano', and incorporating 'Words by Twentieth-Century Anglo-Welsh Poets'. Consisting of Part 1, 'Lean on the Rail' by Randal Jenkins, dated 12 January 1957; Part 2, 'I Will Give you a Golden Flower' by David Harries, dated16 December 1956; Part 3, 'Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed' by Dylan Thomas, dated 24 July 1957; Part 4, 'When I Was a Child' by R. S. Thomas, dated 24 November 1959; Part 5, 'Is There a Cause?' by Vernon Watkins, dated 21 April 1960; Part 6, 'In the Grass Gold Rings' by Roland Mathias, dated 10 May 1957; and Part 7, 'There is No Time' by Raymond Garlick, dated 24 January 1961.

Opus 10: Canticle for Voice and Piano: Words by Twentieth Century Anglo-Welsh Poets (seven parts)

Ink score with pencil annotations, dated 1956-1961 and titled Opus 10: 'Canticle for Tenor and Piano: Words by 20th-century Anglo-Welsh Poets'. The score is in seven parts: Part 1, 'Lean on the Rail' by Randal Jenkins, dated 12 January 1957; Part 2, 'I Will Give you a Golden Flower' by David Harries, dated 16 December 1956; Part 3, 'Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed' by Dylan Thomas, dated 24 July 1957; Part 4, 'When I was a Child' by R. S. Thomas, dated 24 November 1959; Part 5, 'Is There a Cause?' by Vernon Watkins, dated 21 April 1960; Part 6, 'In the Grass Gold Rings' by Roland Mathias, dated 10 May 1957; Part 7, 'There is No Time' by Raymond Garlick, dated 24 January 1961.

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