The definitive biography of the poet who was almost as notorious for his 'rock 'n roll' lifestyle as his artistic work.
Dylan Thomas was a romantic and controversial figure; a poet who lived to excess and died young. An inventive genius with a gift for both lyrical phrases and impish humour, he also wrote for films and radio and was renowned for his stage performances. He became the first literary star in the age of popular culture - a favourite of both T.S Eliot and John Lennon.
As his status as a poet and entertainer increased, so did his alcoholic binges and his sexual promiscuity, threatening to destroy his marriage to his fiery Irish wife Caitlin.
As this extraordinary biography reveals, he was a man of many contradictions. But out of his tempestuous life, he produced some of the most dramatic and enduring poetry in the English language.
Andrew Lycett [brings] lots of fresh, carefully researched detail to the boozy and sex-obsessed private life. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (4.7.04)
Untapped archives and tireless research have shed a fresh light on the short life of literary sensation Dylan Thomas...This biography...is a tragic yet compelling read. - DAILY EXPRESS (.9.7.04)
[an] enjoyable biography...often very funny. - SUNDAY TIMES (11.7.04)
[Lycett] succeeds in painting a surprisingly sympathetic picture of the man. - MAIL ON SUNDAY (22.8.04) - Simon Shaw
Andrew Lycett was educated at Charterhouse and Christ Church, Oxford (where he read modern history). As a foreign reporter he specialised in Africa and the Middle East. A full-time author since the early 1990s, he has written a number of highly acclaimed biographies, among them RUDYARD KIPLING and CONAN DOYLE. He lives in north London.