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Lost Dylan Thomas Notebook Will Hit the Block at Sotheby’s London In December

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Dylan Thomas.

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Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, Sotheby’s will sell a previously undiscovered notebook by the poet dating to the 1930s, which Thomas’s mother-in-law had given to a member of her household staff to incinerate, though the servant went back on this promise. The book contains 19 poems and is estimated to sell for between £100,000-150,000 ($156,600-$234,900). Sotheby’s is touting this as “the most exciting manuscript discovery since [Thomas’s] death in 1953.”

Thomas’s updated collected poems, The New Centenary Edition, was released in England last month. Have a look at this excellent essay on Thomas’s work by Seamus Perry in the London Review of Books. Perry writes, “If it hadn’t been for the alcohol, his widow, Caitlin, once remarked, Thomas would have made a splendid old man.”

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