As editor of Thomas's collected letters, Paul Ferris had access to many intimate sources on the poet's life and work. First published in 1977, his biography of Dylan Thomas has been updated using new information gleaned from 90 unpublished letters discovered after Caitlin Thomas's death.
Dylan Thomas's life is almost a blueprint for the life of a bohemian poet. Born in Swansea in 1914, he knew both acclaim and despair in his lifetime, and died amid alcohol and debts in New York at the age of thirty nine. He lived his life flamboyant and self centred almost as if he had future biographers in mind. It is hard sometimes to separate the truth from myth, and to put his life into its artistic and historical context. Paul Ferris's biography, first published in 1977 (Hodder & Stoughton), is regarded by many as the definitive account. As the editor of Thomas's collected letters, Paul Ferris had access to many of the intimate sources and, since Caitlin Thomas's death in 1992, he has discovered ninety unpublished letters, many to Caitlin herself, which shed new light on Thomas's life, work and death.
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Paul Ferris was born in Swansea in 1929. He is the author of an acclaimed biography of Caitlin Thomas and the editor of The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas (Dent).
Dylan Thomas: The Biography by Paul Ferris
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