A lost Dylan Thomas notebook, rediscovered after lying forgotten in a drawer for decades, is to go on limited public display later this month. The notebook, which came to light recently, is one of five used by Dylan Thomas — the other four are in the State University of New York in Buffalo.
The notebook was bought by Swansea University, after being put up for auction at Sotheby’s. It is to be kept in the Richard Burton Archives. Around 200 members of the public will get the chance to see the notebook to mark the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Day. The free viewing will take place in the council chamber, Singleton Abbey.
It will be complemented by an exhibition including original Dylan Thomas photographs, Dylan’s first ever published poem, and rare proof copies of several of his works, generously on loan from Dylan’s Bookstore. The notebook will be on display in a protective glass case throughout International Dylan Thomas Day with plasma screens showing the whole of its contents.
Jeff Towns, owner of Dylan’s Bookstore and Dylan Thomas Society chairman, who successfully bid at the auction on behalf of the university, said: “The falling of the gavel at Sotheby’s last December was the beginning of a journey which culminates on International Dylan Thomas Day with this incredible, previously unseen poetry notebook on view for the first time here in the town where it was written, to be marvelled at, studied and enjoyed.”
Listen to The Book Report at your convenience. Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-report/id540205917?mt=2, or at bookreportradio.com, click on Archived Shows