Dylan Thomas in Americaby John Malcolm Brinnin
When the celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrived in New York on his first visit, in 1950, for a tour of poetry readings around the country, America didn't know what had hit it. Angelic, devilish, immoral, charming, self-destructive, given to alcoholic binges, he was not what the sober world of American academe had expected. Students loved him although after his first few encounters with them, the girls had to be protected. And he made quick friends with countless American writers, journalists, and barflies, instantly creating a pop-culture mythology of the doomed artist for the late 20th century. The man who was Thomas' patron and guide, the Boswell to his Johnson, was the young poet John Malcolm Brinnin, who watched horrified though utterly beguiled by the poet's charm and genius at Thomas' slow descent into hell. This is his harrowing account of the poet's tragic last years.
"This book is about the terrible last days indeed the last few years of a great poet." Dame Edith Sitwell
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