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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : 18 POEMS.
London : The Sunday Referee and The Parton Bookshop, (1934). First edition : just 500 copies were printed, this copy being one of the second batch of 250 to be bound, with an additional inserted leaf bearing [February 1936] advertisements. The most remarkable debut in all twentieth-century English-language poetry – written before and published just weeks after Thomas’s twentieth birthday and already containing several of his greatest poems – “I See the Boys of Summer in Their Ruin”, “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, “Where Once the Waters of Your Face”, etc.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : QUITE EARLY ONE MORNING : BROADCASTS BY DYLAN THOMAS.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1954). First edition. A collection of the radio scripts – stunning in their use of language. Twelve are personal – reminiscences of childhood, memories of Christmas, quite the best account of the Festival of Britain ever written, etc. – and ten further broadcast essays: Dylan Thomas on Wilfred Owen, on Welsh poets, on De La Mare, on Sir Philip Sidney, on reading poetry, and on poetry itself. With a perceptive introduction by Aneirin Talfan Davies on “the deliberate skill of the craftsman who weighed every word and every syllable”.
THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.
London : Putnam, (1955). First British and first separate edition : a pencilled note states this to be the first issue, without the copyright notice on the verso of the title-page – a point not mentioned by Rolph. The unfinished and partly autobiographical novel, originally published with other material a few months earlier in the USA. With a foreword by Vernon Watkins.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : LETTERS TO VERNON WATKINS.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons / Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition. An important cache of Dylan Thomas letters – “a closer commentary on [his own] poems is unlikely to emerge”. Edited and introduced by Vernon Watkins.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF DYLAN THOMAS.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1985). First edition. The voluminous correspondence of the poet, with much passing reference to W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Richard Hughes, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Glyn Jones, Louis MacNeice, Edith Sitwell, Henry Treece, Vernon Watkins, etc. Edited by Paul Ferris.
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