File NLW MS 24091D - Dylan Thomas letter to Liz Reitell

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NLW MS 24091D


Dylan Thomas letter to Liz Reitell


  • 16 June 1953 (Creation)

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2 ff. ; 175 x 135 mm.

Previous owner's custom made black display case with quarter leather binding retained with the manuscript; 'Dylan Thomas / A.L.S. to Elizabeth Reitell / June 16, 1953' (in gold on front and on spine); entwined monogram 'CJ' or 'JC' (in gold on spine).

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In the recipient's possession in 1985 (see Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 1985), p. 892); in the possession of Jeff Towns of Dylans Bookstore, Swansea, by 2000 (see Collected Letters: New Edition (London, 2000), p. 995). The manuscripts now NLW MS 23992E and NLW, Jeff Towns (Dylan Thomas) Collection F1/1/11 are both housed in cases closely matching this one's, complete with 'CJ'/'JC' monograms.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr Peter Grogan; London; Purchase; March 2016; 99636126402419.

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Scope and content

A holograph letter, dated 16 June 1953, from Dylan Thomas, Boat House, Laugharne, to his lover Elizabeth (Liz) Reitell, New York, concerning various personal and work matters. It was written soon after Thomas's return to Wales from his American tour and he describes his flight to London and his stay there in the days after the Coronation.
The letter is published in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 994-5. The original envelope is included (f. 2a).

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding the ownership of Dylan Thomas copyright can be found at (viewed April 2016).

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  • English

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For another letter from Thomas to Reitell, 15 July 1953, see NLW, Jeff Towns (Dylan Thomas) Collection F1/1/10.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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April 2016.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys M. Jones.

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  • Text: NLW MS 24091D