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Dylan Thomas in America
     

Dylan Thomas in America

by John Malcolm Brinnin
 

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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

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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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Library Journal - Library Journal
Brinnin, a budding bard, linked up with Thomas when the great Welsh poet first came to America in the early 1950s for a series of readings and lectures. The two became friends, and Brinnin eventually followed him back to Wales, visiting Thomas both there and in London, which offered a different side of his flamboyant, boozy character. Brinnin discourses on his myriad experiences with Thomas in this 1956 volume. This edition sports a new intro by scholar Drew Milne. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas made history in his poetry readings to an American audience in 1950: his style and presentation went beyond most academic presentations of poetry and entered the realm of the personal. This provides a biography of Thomas which is key to understanding his works and experiences in this country, and will make for excellent supplemental reading for those studying his writings.
Virginia Joseph Toynbee
Grimly absorbin...a harrowing yet heroic story.
Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557781611
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/1989
Series:
Tesoro Bks.
Pages:
313

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