Dylan Thomas by Andrew Lycett

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In this riveting account of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and contradictory figures, now available again to celebrate Thomas’s 100th birthday, acclaimed biographer Andrew Lycett peels back the layers of story that have accumulated around Dylan Thomas. 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.


About Andrew Lycett

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Andrew Lycett studied history at Oxford University. After an early career as a foreign correspondent specializing in Africa and the Middle East, he now writes biographies. His lives of Dylan Thomas, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming have been highly praised.
Published July 5, 2005 by Overlook. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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But, like another of Thomas's scripts, Is Your Ernie Really Necessary?, a parody about wartime travel that was filmed but not released, The Art of Conversation might subsequently have been thought too flippant, or even too revealing, for the time.

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The Guardian

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Dylan Thomas: A New Life by Andrew Lycett 352pp, Weidenfeld, £20 I Sang in My Chains: Essays and Poems in Tribute to Dylan Thomas edited by Gilbert Bennett 100pp, Dylan Thomas Society, £12 Dylan Remembered edited by David N Thomas 300pp, Seren, £25 In the 50 years since Dylan Thomas di...

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Publishers Weekly

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Published in England last year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Anglo-Welsh poet's death at age 39 in New York, London Times contributor Lycett's new biography has the advantage that Thomas's protective widow, Caitlin, is also recently deceased and his literary estate open.

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Star Tribune

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But Andrew Lycett, previously the author of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling biographies, does fans of Dylan Thomas a great service with his meticulously researched work, "Dylan Thomas: A New Life."

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London Review of Books

his best critics – Empson, Lowell, MacNeice – are inclined to say that they don’t know what can be said.) So for those people in the 1930s and 1940s who wanted poetry either to replace religion as a source of belief, or to restore an eloquence to politics – people who had grown up on Hardy, Yeats...

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The Sunday Times

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