Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas : A New Life

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When he died in New York in 1953, Thomas 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 youthful poetry and the themes that continued to appear in his work, and unearth fascinating details about the poet's many affairs and his tempestuous marriage to his passionate Irish wife, Caitlin. The result is a poignant yet stirring portrait of the chaos of Thomas's personal life and a welcome re-evaluation of the lyricism and experimentalism of his poetry, plays, and short stories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 32mm | 567g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1585676861
  • 9781585676866
  • 1,790,916

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"Offers a portrait of the artist as a young, drunken, self-destructive man . . . and a colorful and poignant tale." "Time
"Lycett is balances and fair-minded . . . [and] provides us with a portrait of a man to whom creating poetry was as natural as drawing breath . . . solid research, skillful organization and colorful anecdote." Los Angeles Times
"Lycett peels back new layers of the life of a great poet." San Antonio Express-News
"Hail the rock 'n' rill poet . . . his genius lay in living like that while producing poems of deep lyrical intensity." The Telegraph "[on the occasion of the 2014 Dylan Thomas centenary]"
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About Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett received a history degreefrom Oxford. His previous acclaimed biographiesinclude lives of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling.He lives in London."
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