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Dylan Thomas love letters published for the first time

Dylan Thomas wrote love letters to the American journalist Pearl Kazin Photo: ITV Wales

Never before seen letters written by the Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas are to be published for the first time.

The letters speak of his passionate affair with American journalist Pearl Kazin.

The letters are being published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas' birth Credit: ITV Wales

In one of the letters the Welsh poet writes: "It's taken so long to write your name. Pearl, dear Pearl. And every moment of every day I think of you, feel you, want you."

Thomas first met Kazin in early 1950, and their affair began shortly after Credit: ITV Wales

The letters are being published as part of celebrations to make the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' birth.

All the seconds before and since your lovely last letter (oh, thank you, Pearl darling) I've tried to write to you, I've tried to say who and what you are to me, but I didn't know the words.

– Excerpt from Dylan Thomas' letter to Pearl Kazin
Dylan Thomas, born in 1914, became famous for his play 'Under Milk Wood' Credit: ITV Wales

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