Caitlin Thomas
English writer
Caitlin Thomas
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.
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Brattie Run stories decades in the making - Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
Google News - over 5 years
"I've done the Brattie Run for several years in a row now, and then did the ride about five years ago," Dolan said. "I think it's really nice (doing both)." Jason Oswalt, of Ashland, won the race in 25:16. Caitlin Thomas, of Cardington, was the first
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King's Junior School's Extreme Reading competition - ChesterChronicle.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The winners were Daniel Roberts, eight, of Hawarden, who read on a bungee, Caitlin Thomas, nine, of Wrexham, reading in a cupboard, Sam Flory, 10, of Whitchurch, photographed in Arizona and Matthew Reece-Jones, 11, of Denbighshire,
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Galion runner DII best - Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
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Cardington's Caitlin Thomas won the race in 18:48, while New London's Gabrielle Wuensch was second in 19:31. "Caitlin is Caitlin and she is quick," Pifher said. "I've raced her several times here. It's the same style race, and I'm used to seeing her
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Pifher mucks her way to state - Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
Google News - over 5 years
Cardington's Caitlin Thomas ran second to earn her fourth trip to the season's final race. The conditions were no better in Tiffin for the boys Division II race. But Galion's Zach Mathias took first with a time of 16:23, and teammate Zach Mathias was
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Dyer, Kepford lead Harding to GBC win - Marion Star
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Cardington's Caitlin Thomas led all scorers with 25 points, including 11 from the free throw line. Hillary Gliem grabbed nine rebounds and Thomas added seven caroms. Cardington won the jayvee game but no score was available. Kristina Thompson netted 14
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Six Birmingham-area students are ready to spread some sisterly love during ... - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They are, from left, Caitlin Thomas, Khrystena Bonner, Tonisha Gallimore, Jillian Hamilton, Imani Anderson and Chandria McCurdy. (The Birmingham News/Jeff Roberts) Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Gallimore has been doing a lot of research on what to expect
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Graduation 2011: Lehi High School - Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Yet, for students like Caitlin Thomas who paused to think about what graduating really meant, the feeling was more overwhelming than exciting. "It's a big accomplishment," Thomas and her two friends Jessie Willis and Jenna Richins agreed
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Sully Girls FC U12s celebrate a super season! - Penarth Times
Google News - almost 6 years
This seasons's Sully Girls U12s were Tia Morgan, Mackenzie Ott, Gaby Cates, Naomi Hills, Rebecca Johnson, Kathryn Morgan, Ellie Abbott, Seren Marsh, Jodie Knight, Caitlin Thomas, Grace Samuel, Evie Brown, Stephanie Knight, Georgia Webber,
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"Footloose" Debuts At The Canyon Theatre Guild - KHTS Radio
Google News - almost 6 years
Under the direction of Leslie Berra, the cast includes Caitlin Thomas, Kelly Bader, Jenn Alexopoulos, Patrick Mannion, Donald Sweezer, Kamber Moen, Kevin Rhedin, Theresa Katz, and Sean Davis. The ensember features Claudia Alexopoulos, Jennifer Marte,
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Kauffmann Captures 10K Title On First Day Of A-10 Championship - Xavier Musketeers Official Athletic Site
Google News - almost 6 years
Other finishers for Xavier included Caitlin Thomas in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:29.42, and Calesse Cardosi in the 10000-meter run with a time of 39:43.77. The women's 4x800-meter relay team posted a time of 9:10.47, while the men's
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Musketeers Looking To Mave Waves At A-10 Outdoor Championship - Xavier Musketeers Official Athletic Site
Google News - almost 6 years
Caitlin Thomas headlines the Musketeers' female distance runners with her time of 11:05.18 in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Her current time has her ranked 10th among conference runners this spring, in the event she finished fourth in the previous
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Impressive Performances for Track and Field at Polytan Invitational - Xavier Musketeers Official Athletic Site
Google News - almost 6 years
Additional top-10 performances came from senior distance runners Caitlin Thomas and Tommy Kauffmann. Thomas came in fifth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:05.18. Kauffmann posted a fifth place finish in the 5000 meters cruising around
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cow art could mean moo-lah - Deseret News
Google News - almost 6 years
Tucson High senior Caitlin Thomas has been passionate about art for as long as she can remember. She considers herself a relatively creative person, but never did she think her art would be displayed on a life-size fiberglass cow
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Nonfiction Chronicle
NYTimes - over 6 years
THE MADE-UP SELF Impersonation in the Personal Essay. By Carl H. Klaus. University of Iowa Press, paper, $19.95. Virginia Woolf expressed the paradox of the personal essayist with the dictum ''Never to be yourself and yet always -- that is the problem.'' In these engrossing essays, Klaus, the founding director of the University of Iowa's nonfiction
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Rue McClanahan, Actress and Golden Girl, Dies at 76
NYTimes - over 6 years
Rue McClanahan, who helped make ''The Golden Girls'' a long-running television hit playing the saucy, man-devouring Southern belle Blanche Devereaux (in one scene she made a date at her husband's funeral), died Thursday in Manhattan. Unlike Blanche, she had no trouble admitting her age, 76. Her manager, Barbara Lawrence, said Ms. McClanahan died of
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BOOKS IN BRIEF: NONFICTION
NYTimes - over 12 years
AMONG THE BOHEMIANS Experiments in Living, 1900-1939. By Virginia Nicholson. Morrow, $25.95. Virginia Nicholson is the daughter of Quentin Bell, the granddaughter of Clive and Vanessa Bell and the great-niece of Virginia Woolf. So when she decides to write a book about British bohemia during the first half of the 20th century, she knows what she is
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Writings That Defy Time's Toll
NYTimes - almost 15 years
In Italian there are a number of vivid words for odd mixtures of things. A minestrone is of course a soup of assorted vegetables; a polpettone is a meatloaf of different ingredients; accozzaglia suggests a certain mélange of elements drawn from hither and thither and generally unmatched, or incompatible. Much of this nomenclature originates in the
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THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING; Barclays Bank has kicked off a really big brand campaign, but there's just one small problem.
NYTimes - over 16 years
WHAT is this about big?'' Sir Anthony Hopkins asks in a new campaign for Britain's second-largest bank, Barclays P.L.C., which carries the tagline ''A Big World Needs a Big Bank.'' ''You know, seeing the big picture, having the big idea, clinching the big deal. Nobody wants to clinch the little deal. Who wants to do that? You'd be a little-deal
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BOOKEND; Biography: A Love Affair or a Job?
NYTimes - almost 18 years
''But do you like him?'' (Or ''her''?) Every biographer who mounts a platform knows this one. Not so much a question, more a challenge, hurled with an edge to the voice, as if anticipating the unwanted answer. The wanted answer is Hermione Lee's. The biographer of Virginia Woolf (and the new Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford)
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 80
    Died on July 31, 1994.
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  • 1986
    Age 72
    In 1986 Thomas published her autobiography Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details Although their relationship was tempestuous, writings in a personal journal uncovered over fifty years after Dylan's death showed Thomas's passion and love for her husband.
  • 1982
    Age 68
    In 1982 she and Fazio left Rome and moved to Catania, Sicily, eventually moving into a house left by Fazio's mother. Caitlin Thomas died in Catania on 31 July 1994 following a long illness, aged 80.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried next to Dylan in Laugharne, though the burial request came as a surprise to her family, with her daughter believing that she would have preferred to have been buried in Italy after spending so much of her later life there. In 1964, Kate Reid was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Thomas in the play Dylan. In 2008, a film portraying Thomas' life with Dylan was released. The Edge of Love, previously known by its working title The Best Time of Our Lives, saw Thomas played by Sienna Miller in a story that reflects the relationship between Thomas and Vera Philips, Dylan's childhood friend. A second movie, Caitlin, with Miranda Richardson and Rosamund Pike depicting the title character at different points in her life, was to be produced the same year, but failed to reach the screen. Caitlin Thomas is played by Kelly Reilly in the 2014 film chronicling her husband's first tour of the US, Set Fire to the Stars.
    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."
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 59
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 49
    In 1963, while in Italy, she wrote her second book, Not Quite Posthumous Letters to My Daughter.
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  • 1957
    Age 43
    Towards the end of 1957, while eating at a restaurant on Via Margutta she met Giuseppe Fazio, a Sicilian 'director's assistant'. The couple began a relationship soon after, which lasted until Thomas' death. Although they never married, they had a son together, Francesco, who was born on 29 March 1963 when Thomas was 49.
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    She left Britain with her children in September 1957, and moved to Rome with a Welsh actor and writer, Cliff Gordon.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon was homosexual, and his main purpose in Rome appears to have been as a drinking partner for Thomas.
    She spent an increasing amount of time in Italy, staying on Procida, until, in 1957, she decided to relocate to the country.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 39
    After Dylan's death in 1953, Thomas returned to Laugharne, but she was desperate to leave the village, referring to it as a "permanently festering wound".
    More Details Hide Details Thomas spent less and less time in Wales, and made several journeys to Ireland and Italy.
    In 1953, Dylan travelled to New York without her, undertaking recitals of his poetry to American audiences.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 November Dylan collapsed with breathing difficulties and was admitted to hospital. Caitlin travelled to America to be with her husband, though her reaction on arriving at his death bed was aggressive, reportedly shouting "Is the bloody man dead yet?". In her autobiography, Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas, she states that she had no recollection of using the words, but she was, by her own words, "stinkin drunk" by the time she arrived. Other reports state that when Caitlin found another woman tending to her comatose husband, she flew into a fit of rage, biting an attendant and fighting with bystanders until she was subdued.
    Their marriage was a stormy affair, fuelled by alcohol and infidelity, though the couple remained together until Dylan's death in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details 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. She was born in Hammersmith, London, to Francis, a would-be poet, and Yvonne Macnamara. The couple had a son and three daughters, of whom Caitlin was the youngest and Nicolette, who was to become an artist and author, was the eldest. The Macnamaras were descended from an old Irish land-owning family, and her grandfather, Henry Vee Macnamara, was the squire of two estates in County Clare. Francis moved in literary circles, being friendly with a number of artists, but when Caitlin was about four or five, he began to live apart from his family. Yvonne left London, and she and the girls settled in Ringwood, near the New Forest, where they were close friends to Welsh artist Augustus John and his family. In her early teens she fell in love with Caspar John, son of Augustus John, despite the fact that he was almost eleven years her senior. During this period she was raped by Augustus himself, who seemed to believe that sex with those he painted was an artist's privilege.
  • 1950
    Age 36
    The relationship between the couple deteriorated further when in 1950, Dylan undertook the first of his tours of America.
    More Details Hide Details The trips were arranged as a lucrative venture to gain capital to fund Dylan's poetry writing while back in Britain, though by the time of his return, the money he had accumulated did little more than repay outstanding debts. Furthermore, Thomas had become more and more frustrated at being left behind, dealing with the children and the bills, while her husband spent his time carousing in another country.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 22
    By the end of 1936, Caitlin and Dylan Thomas had begun a relationship through correspondence. By 21 April 1937 the couple were together in London and on 11 July 1937 they were married in Penzance, Cornwall.
    More Details Hide Details They had a peripatetic lifestyle, moving from Chelsea to Wales, then to Oxford, spending time in Ireland and Italy before returning to Oxfordshire. They eventually settled in a rented cottage in Laugharne in the spring of 1938, before moving into the 'Sea View' a couple of months later. In 1949 the house which would become the Thomas' family home, the Boat House, came on the market for £3000, and was purchased by Margaret Taylor, wife of historian A. J. P. Taylor, one of Dylan's benefactors. Caitlin Thomas had three children by Dylan, Llewelyn Edouard (1939–2000), Aeronwy Thomas-Ellis (1943–2009) and Colm Garan Hart (1949–2012). Although Dylan tried to portray himself as a bohemian character, it was Caitlin who was the true rebel. Vera Philips, a childhood friend of Dylan from Swansea, recalled Dylan had the proper Welsh background,... He was brought up like me, worrying "What will the neighbours think?" Whereas Caitlin didn't care a bugger what anyone thought.
    Caitlin Macnamara was introduced to Dylan Thomas in a pub, either the Wheatsheaf or the Fitzroy, in Fitzrovia, London, in 1936 by Augustus John.
    More Details Hide Details She and Dylan bonded immediately, and that summer he travelled to Laugharne in Wales where Caitlin and John were staying at Castle House where Richard Hughes lived. Dylan arrived with a friend, Fred Janes, and after the four travelled to Fishguard to view a painting exhibition, Dylan became drunk and jealous and started an argument with John. John punched Dylan and drove back to Laugharne with Macnamara.
  • 1934
    Age 20
    She lived for a brief time in Paris before moving to County Clare in 1934, when her father returned to the Macnamaras' reduced estates.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1913.
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