File NLW MS 23953E. - Letters to Stuart Thomas,

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NLW MS 23953E.


Letters to Stuart Thomas,


  • 1953-1975 (mostly 1953-1956). (Creation)

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51 ff.

Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.

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Twenty-three letters, copy letters and telegrams, 1953-1975, eighteen of which are to Stuart Thomas of D.O. Thomas & Co., relating mostly to Dylan Thomas's death and funeral arrangements and to Dylan Thomas Trust business.
The correspondents include Graeme [Finlay], November-December 1953 (ff. 1, 19), David Higham, November-December 1953 (ff. 2, 17, 20-23), [Nicolette] Devas, 18 November 1953 (f. 3, telegram), Louis MacNeice, November 1953 (ff. 4, 9), Margaret Taylor, 1 December 1953 (ff. 12-14), Dan[iel Jones], resigning as a trustee, 25 January 1955 (ff. 26-27), and Florence H. Thomas, August 1956 (ff. 28, 30). There are also letters from Oscar Williams to [I. W.] Ungoed-Thomas, 22 November 1953 (f. 8), and Donald A. Kershaw to David Higham, 7 October 1953 (f. 11), and a carbon copy letter from David Higham to Ruthven Todd, 28 December 1953 (ff. 24-25). A letter from Paul [Ferris], 8 September 1975 (f. 32), encloses a Xerox copy, [?1975], of the script for Stuart Thomas' tribute to Dylan Thomas, transmitted on the Home Service as 'Portrait of Dylan Thomas' on 11 December 1953 (ff. 33-47). Also included is a copy, December 1953, of the New York funeral directors' account (f. 16); a copy, 1965, of Dylan Thomas' death certificate (f. 31) and a programme for a production of Under Milk Wood in Swansea in September 1956 (ff. 48-51).

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Arranged chronologically at NLW.

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Some folios torn, a few folios stained.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23953E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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