Dylan Thomas: A New Life

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 434 pages
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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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Joan Colby - Goodreads

While this book may be “a New Life” of Dylan Thomas, it is certainly not the best that I've read. The problem: way too much extraneous material. Every person introduced in the ms. deserves a mini ... Read full review

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User Review  - Major Doug - Goodreads

Listened to this book: Dylan was a party animal! Read full review


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Andrew Lycett received a history degree from Oxford. His previous acclaimed biographies include lives of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling. He lives in London.

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