THOMAS, Dylan.

Autograph letter on the death of his father.

16 December 1952 Stock Code: 146677
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"Rage, rage against the dying of the light" vs "It was a very peaceful death"

Dylan Thomas writes to the family friend Mary Davies to notify her of the death of his father, which occurred the same day (16 November 1952): "Dear Miss Davies, you will, I know, be very sorry to hear that my father died today. It was a very peaceful death. You will excuse my mother not writing personally to you, at this moment. She is bearing up, however, wonderfully well, and sends her fondest love to you. Yours, Dylan".

The letter presents a poignant duality: the Thomas the poet, and Thomas the son. Perhaps his most famous poem "Do not go gentle into that good night" was addressed, five years earlier, to his ageing father, urging him to "Rage, rage against the dying of the light". As a son bereft, however, his words "It was a very peaceful death" tenderly accepts the absence of poetical raging as, perhaps, the better way to go.

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Description

Single sheet (178 x 137 mm), with original envelope addressed in Thomas's hand, franked same day.

Condition

Central crease as folded into envelope, gentle handling creasing and minor soiling to envelope; in excellent condition.

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