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Dylan Thomas : a new life

Author: Andrew Lycett
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"When Dylan Thomas died, in New York in 1953, he was only thirty-nine years old, and the myths soon took hold. He became the Keats and the Byron of his generation - the romantic poet who died too young, his potential unfulfilled. Making masterful use of original material from archives and personal papers, Lycett describes the development of the young poet, brings invaluable new insights to Thomas's early writing and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lycett, Andrew.
Dylan Thomas.
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2004
(OCoLC)647055780
Named Person: Dylan Thomas; Dylan Thomas; Dylan Thomas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Lycett
ISBN: 1585675415 9781585675418
OCLC Number: 54882121
Description: xiv, 434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Family Tree --
Swansea Aspirations --
A Precocious Childhood --
Virtue and Good Literature --
My Body was my Adventure --
Sore Trial --
A Tormented Thing --
Epistolary Encounters --
The Rub of Love --
The Blindest Bit --
Caitlin, Emily and Veronica --
Marriage Pangs --
Skirting the War --
Hack Work --
Attempted Murder --
Oxford, the BBC and Italy --
Longing for Home --
View from the Shed --
A Voice on Wheels --
In the Direction of his Pain --
Battle Against American Hospitality --
To Begin at the Beginning --
The Gates of Hell.
Responsibility: Andrew Lycett.

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"When Dylan Thomas died, in New York in 1953, he was only thirty-nine years old, and the myths soon took hold. He became the Keats and the Byron of his generation - the romantic poet who died too young, his potential unfulfilled. Making masterful use of original material from archives and personal papers, Lycett describes the development of the young poet, brings invaluable new insights to Thomas's early writing and the themes that continued to appear in all he wrote. This work unearths details about the poet's many affairs and his tempestuous marriage to his passionate Irish wife, Caitlin." "Lycett uses as his overwhelming motif the deeply ambivalent forces in Thomas's life - "I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me"--That allowed him to be a wild boy in public and a private poet of deep sensitivity - the forces that helped him bridge the gap between modernism and pop, between the written and spoken word, between individual and performance art, between the academy and the forum. Throughout, the social and historical context of Thomas's struggles and accomplishments are vividly presented." "The result is a portrait of the chaos of Thomas's personal life and a re-evaluation of the lyricism and experimentalism of his poetry, plays, and short stories."--Jacket.

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