June 2014 |
New Dylan Thomas Poem to be Published
It is the year of Dylan Thomas. The Welsh poet is enjoying a revival in his centenary year (he was born on Oct. 27, 1914) with the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, a National Theatre of Wales theatrical adaptation of "Under Milk Wood," and a selection of unseen material at auction last week, where this autograph manuscript (seen at left) of his "Prologue to an Adventure," c.1935, made $19,154.
Now, the Guardian reports, a piece of his unpublished verse will come to light in a new book. The pub ode, scribbled in pencil in 1951, was discovered by Fred Jarvis among the papers of his late wife, Anne, whose parents knew Thomas. "Written in Henneky's Long Bar - now the Cittie of Yorke - in High Holborn, London, it was described by one Thomas expert, Professor John Goodby of Swansea University, as 'no masterpiece' but a very rare, exciting and 'pretty valuable' find."
Image via Bonhams.