Here are first hand accounts of the young Thomas in the pubs of Fitzrovia with other writers and artists; of his trips to central Europe and the Middle East, and to America. Here too is Thomas the rising literary star; the broadcaster, the filmwriter, the dramatist, the balancer of commissions and creativity. This is also the period of Thomas in love; in marriage, and in love again; and of Thomas balancing the books and making his way as best he could.
Throughout there is fascinating new material in the interviews, on which editor David N. Thomas bases new critical essays on Thomas and painters; on the women behind Polly Garter; the gestation of Thomas' masterpiece Under Milk Wood; and, most rivetingly of all, on the circumstances of Thomas' death in New York.
Formerly an academic and a senior manager, David N. Thomas is now a freelance writer and researcher, living in Ciliau Aeron, west Wales. He has published widely, including several books on the development of communities. He lectures in a number of European countries, and has been a Council of Europe Fellow.