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Doctor's account of Dylan Thomas revealed.

A PREVIOUSLY unknown memoir about Dylan Thomas is among the rare memorabilia about the world-famous poet now on display at Swansea Museum.

The 26-page memoir, handwritten by Dr David Hughes, Dylan's GP and friend, is on display at the museum until Dylan Day - May 14.

Dylan Day marks the anniversary of the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at the Poetry Centre in New York City in 1953.

Dr Hughes' memoir, written for a student son of a friend in the early 1960s, was donated to Swansea Universitybased Professor John Goodby, the editor of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems, at the suggestion of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Swansea-born Rowan Williams.

Among its contents is a recollection of the doctor's first encounter with Dylan and his wife, Caitlin, back in 1938, where he referred to the poet as a "young man puffed up with a wrong idea of his potential".

The memoir also tells of Dylan's love for his mother and father, who he would visit every day, Dr Hughes wrote, before going for a couple of pints of bitter in Brown's Hotel in Laugharne.

Dylan's final trip to the USA, his fear of the dark and his blackouts are among the other features of the memoir, as well as his trips to Swansea to drink, eat a few pork pies and go to the pictures.

A previously unpublished letter Dylan sent in 1950 to his friend, Phil Richards is also now on display at the museum.

The memoir and letter will be presented to the British Library when the exhibition is over.


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Date:May 11, 2016
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