The Poems of Dylan Thomas
Edited and with an Introduction and notes by Daniel Jones
Hardcover in Very Good Condition
In 1952, when Dylan Thomas published his Collected Poems, with a specially written “Author’s Prologue," he took for granted that many years of work lay ahead of him. But his death a year later and his widening importance have made every poem he ever ﬁnished a significant part of the heritage his short life bequeathed us. It has taken years to sort out texts and manuscripts and to determine the best way to present them. Daniel Jones, collaborator and close friend of Thomas’s since boyhood, has added 102 works to the 90 originally published, and has endeavored to arrange them chronologically, in the order in which they were completed. Moreover, 26 poems written by Thomas before he was 16, often humorous and delightful pieces, are included in an Appendix, together with two others unfinished at his death; while the majestic “Prologue” (“to my readers, the strangers") comes ﬁrst—-as Thomas intended. Dr. Jones's Introduction and notes show how this revised order of the 90 poems, interlarded with the many others, reveals new relationships among poems written at the same time and the poet’s development of his technique and imagery, illuminating both with a fresh light. It is hoped this collection will increase the pleasure of reading well-known poems as well as make accessible the “new” works that partake of Thomas’s peculiar vitality and magic.