People: Dylan Thomas finds poetic justice at last
Monday 13 October 1997
Thomas, famed for the radio play Under Milk Wood, died in 1953 at the age of 39. Officially the cause of his death in a New York hospital was "acute alcoholic poisoning" after a bout in which Thomas was said to have drunk 18 straight Bourbon whiskies.
But the book, The Death of Dylan Thomas by British biographer George Tremlett and North Carolina neurosurgeon James Nashold, will claim that Thomas was never as big a drinker as he was reputed to be.
The real cause of death, it will say, was that his American physician, Milton Feltenstein, mistook a diabetic coma for a drunken stupor and wrongly prescribed a course of injections including cortisone, morphine and benzedrine.
Tremlett was not immediately available for comment at the bookshop he helps to run in Laugharne, the Welsh village where Thomas once lived, and from which he got many of his ideas for the mythical town of Llareggub where the action in Under Milk Wood takes place.
Thomas, perennially struggling to live off his earnings as a writer, had gone to the United States in 1953 for a series of poetry recitals. His reputation, and his haunting deep bass voice, attracted crowds of fans to the events.
But on 4 November, his American mistress Liz Reitell called Dr Feltenstein to Thomas's room at the Chelsea Hotel in New York where he began the injections. Five days later Thomas died in the city, at St Vincent's Hospital.
- 2 'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
UK's biggest male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men reporting sexual violence and seeking help
Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
Priest warns pupils the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is 'demonic activity'
Tinder and Grindr dating apps blamed for surge in cases of HIV, syphilis and other STDs
Fifa corruption arrests: Sepp Blatter 'quite relaxed' and confident he is 'not involved'
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
£22,400: The Grange Retirement Home: This is a key role which requires a sound...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K YR1: SThree: At SThree, we like to be dif...
£30 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Software / Web Developer (PHP / MYSQL) i...
£18 - 20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: An Account Executive is needed to join one...