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Started by thismorning on Apr 18, 2018 11:18:43 PM
The screenplays of Dylan Thomas

University of Liverpool Repository, by Christopher Mark Williams.

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Shadrack22 - 18 Apr 2018 23:20:52 (#1 of 13)

E.g. The Doctor and the Devils.

Try the biography by Paul Ferris.

thismorning - 18 Apr 2018 23:22:34 (#2 of 13)

Tripped over this on google. A good job, well researched and reasoned. I developed some confidence in the honesty and intelligence of Mr. Williams. So, there is that.

thismorning - 18 Apr 2018 23:33:47 (#3 of 13)

I have read all the official bios and much of the source material. The bios are flawed fluff. This thing though surprises me separating the sensational chaff from the probable truth. For example it is the first reference I have seen to the theory that Thomas' death involved a private doctorwho gave him opium, which a doctor who wrote a book called What Really Killed Dylan Thomas argues was malpractice, since no test forDiabetes was ever given to Thomas.

thismorning - 19 Apr 2018 00:21:36 (#4 of 13)

To clarify I happened to read the "opium" theory book many years ago when it popped out of a shelf at Powell's in Portland Oregon. It exposes a drama swirling around the last dayz of thomas more interesting than fiction, but consistent with human malice and stupidity. Yet, I never until now saw it make a dent in the popular myth. Evidence to me that Williams waz diligent. Of course I don't believe anything can overturn a good myth. e.g. "shakespeare". tsk.

browserbutton - 19 Apr 2018 05:51:50 (#5 of 13)

I thought he died from 'an alcoholic insult to the brain'.

thismorning - 19 Apr 2018 13:36:27 (#6 of 13)

That is the popular myth-thought. Was there a coverup to protect the reputation of the doctor and the "friends" of Thomas...? Just saying if you happen to have read enough into the literature about Thomas, enough to encounter the same assertions and conclusions and 'stories" it is nice to read a more recent academic dissertation which, well, you know heh heh...

Shadrack22 - 19 Apr 2018 14:03:26 (#7 of 13)

The main culprit seems to have been Dr Milton Feltenstein - morphine on top of pneumonia.

thismorning - 19 Apr 2018 14:12:22 (#8 of 13)

I have not been able to track down the "pneumonia" story source, though it has become popular on youtube thomas things. I guess pneumonia or better yet untreated pneumonia has more bullshit bite than a hangover...well, back to the Who Poisoned Serge thread for a breather...the 18 straight shots of whiskey story has become a little too much to swaller bedad here comes me bus...

thismorning - 21 Apr 2018 01:25:25 (#9 of 13)

Evidence that Thomas was in top form physically and mentally only one week before his death is a youtube of his tour de force remarks at a gathering of intellectuals in New York "Dylan Thomas Comments On Film And Poetry". As Columbo might say, "just one more thing"...

Tadagee - 21 Apr 2018 01:47:07 (#10 of 13)

We are not wholly bad or good

Who live our lives under Milk Wood,

And Thou, I know, wilt be the first

To see our best side, not our worst



I bloody love Dylan Thomas

otraynor - 21 Apr 2018 01:50:54 (#11 of 13)

Aw, that's lovely, Tadagee.

Tadagee - 21 Apr 2018 01:52:09 (#12 of 13)

Makes me feel my Welshyest.

thismorning - 21 Apr 2018 02:06:40 (#13 of 13)

There is the anecdote about a woman who had contracted the popular opinion that Thomas as a horrible man. Then she read the stories by Dylan and changed her view to "he is a wonderful man". Funny bizness fame. And opinion. I agree he knew his own flaws and those of others, but, well. requiescat in pacem.

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