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Caitlin Thomas

Writer
Female
Born Dec 8, 1913
Hometown Hammersmith
Died Jul 31, 1994
Death Place Catania
Nationality British

Caitlin Thomas, née Macnamara, was the wife of poet and writer Dylan Thomas. Their marriage was a stormy affair, fuelled by alcohol and infidelity, though the couple remained together until Dylan's death in 1953. After her husband's death she wrote the book Leftover Life to Kill, an account of her self exile to Italy. She paints a picture of a grieving widow seeking solace in distance, a younger lover and alcohol.… Read More

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Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Caitlin Thomas.

CHILDHOOD

1913 Birth Born on December 8, 1913.

TEENAGE

1930 16 Years Old In 1930, at the age of 16, she returned to London and entered a dancing school, and at 18 was a member of a London chorus line.

TWENTIES

1934 20 Years Old She lived for a brief time in Paris before moving to County Clare in 1934, when her father returned to the Macnamaras' reduced estates.
1936 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Caitlin Macnamara was introduced to Dylan Thomas in a pub, either the Wheatsheaf or the Fitzroy, in Fitzrovia, London, in 1936 by Augustus John. … Read More

THIRTIES

1950 36 Years Old The relationship between the couple deteriorated further when in 1950, Dylan undertook the first of his tours of America. … Read More
…  Their marriage was a stormy affair, fuelled by alcohol and infidelity, though the couple remained together until Dylan's death in 1953. … Read More

FORTIES

In 1957 Caitlin published a frank account of her later life and reflections on her life with Dylan, titled Leftover Life to Kill, though she refused to collaborate with most of her husband's biographers in later years.
1963 49 Years Old In 1963, while in Italy, she wrote her second book, Not Quite Posthumous Letters to My Daughter.

FIFTIES

1973 59 Years Old By her own account, after the death of Thomas she experienced severe emotional and psychological distress, and was treated in clinics and asylums in London, Rome and Catania. She began to attend Alcoholics Anonymous in 1973, aged 60.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1982 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In a memoir published in 1982, she described her relationship with Dylan as "Predominantly a drink story because without the first-aid of drink it could never have got onto its rocking feet." … Read More
1994 81 Years Old Died on July 31, 1994.
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