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Posted - 08-09-2014

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“…innumerable exercise books full of poems…”

After traveling to Wales in January and spending five months at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Dylan’s Notebooks have returned to the Library, and to the ‘Dylan Comes Home’ exhibition.

This exhibition includes the four poetry Notebooks Dylan compiled during his teenage years between 1930 and 1934. He sold them to Buffalo University in the 1940s for a small sum of money, and this is their first trip back to Wales since that fateful day.

With the famous Notebooks are letters written between the poet and Pamela Hansford Johnson, which shed light on his writing process, as well as manuscripts for the poem ‘Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait’.

Dylan Thomas, Llyfr Nodiadau 1932 Notebook © David Highams Associates

Dylan Thomas, Llyfr Nodiadau 1932 Notebook
© David Higham Associates

Dylan Thomas, Hunan Bortread / Self Portrait © David Highams Associates

Dylan Thomas, Hunan Bortread / Self Portrait
© David Higham Associates

Dylan Thomas, Llyfr Nodiadau 1930 Notebook © David Highams Associates

Dylan Thomas, Llyfr Nodiadau 1930 Notebook
© David Higham Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Dylan’ exhibition in the Gregynog Gallery will also be having a revamp, with new items from the Library’s collection going on display. More letters that have never before been published will displayed, including one from Dylan to his mistress in America, Elizabeth Reitell. Manuscripts for some of Dylan’s famous poems will also be out on show in the Poets’ Pub, including ‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London’ and ‘Into Her Lying Down Head’.

If you’ve already visited the exhibition,do call by again to view Dylan’s Notebooks and the new material on show in the Gallery from 13th September.  We look forward to seeing you!

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