THOMAS, DYLAN; WATKINS, VERNON (EDITOR & INTRODUCTION).
Title Letters To Vernon Watkins.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition considering its age.
Edition First Edition (Unstated).
Publisher New Directions, New York: 1957.
Seller ID 61915X1
This volume of letters written to the brilliant Welsh poet, Vernon Watkins, a contemporary and close friend of Thomas's, might have been larger but for the waryears during many letters were lost. There remain, however, a large number of letters, particularly from the years preceding the war, which provide a consecutive picture of Thomas in that time, as authentic in its self-examination as it is vivid. Although all the letters have a warmth toward life that show Thomas at his best, they also have an impersonal quality, particularly when he is discussing his poetry. Watkins was evidently the one mentor whose poetic judgment Thomas respected, and as he completed eac h poem, or sometimes even a draft, he woujld send it off to his friend with a discussion of what he was trying to acccomplish. For this alone these letters would be uniquely valuable; but their full richness reveals more of the poet and the man than anything yet written about him. Includes an Index.
(Key Words: Dylan Thomas, Vernon Watkins, Correspondence, Literary Criticism, Letters, Poetry, Welsh Poets, W. H. Auden, Alfred Janes, William Butler Yeats).