File NLW MS 23990D. - Poems sent to Thomas Taig

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NLW MS 23990D.


Poems sent to Thomas Taig


  • 1937-1939 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

69 ff.

Preserved within ringed box at NLW: manuscripts placed in melinex sleeves, and printed items guarded.

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Archival history

Formerly in the collection of Theodore Brinckman; his collector's cloth display case retained.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Ursus Rare Books; New York; Purchase; January 2009; 004623671.

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Scope and content

Letter, dated 23 August 1939, from Dylan Thomas to Thomas Taig, enclosing a selection of poems intended 'for some kind of dramatic presentation' (f. 1). The writer encloses holograph fair copies of two of his poems: 'Find meat on bones that soon have none ...' (ff. 2-4) and 'Ears in the turrets hear ...' (ff. 5-6). He also encloses his own transcripts of George Woodcock's poem 'Landore' (f. 7), and Alan Pryce-Jones's 'Voyage' (ff. 8-9), together with three published issues of Keidrych Rhys's periodical Wales, 1937-8 (ff. 10-69), one of which bears Dylan's signature, and notes (f. 69 verso).
Thomas Taig was active in the Swansea Little Theatre, and intended to present poems by Welshmen writing in English at a London theatre at the end of September 1939; see further Paul Ferris (ed.), Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters (London, 2000), pp. 438 and 452n.

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Arranged as manuscript and printed items at NLW.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.Information regarding ownership of Dylan Thomas copyright can be found at (viewed April 2009).

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Publication note

The letter is published in Paul Ferris (ed.), Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters (London, 2000), p. 452.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23990D.

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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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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw;

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  • Text: NLW MS 23990D.