Dylan Thomas painting to exhibit in Wales and America

Meanwhile, historian and journalist Paul Johnson has dismissed Thomas as a 'liar and a rotter' in his memoirs, recalling a time when he met him at Magadalen College, Oxford in the mid 1940s.

Johnson has told of how he watched the poet at work while Thomas and wife Caitlin were staying in Oxford as guests of historian AJP Taylor and his wife - and Dylan's benefactor - Margaret Taylor. He has noted how he drank beer while writing and threw the empty bottles into the nearby river.

Friends and admirers of the poet, including Gwen Watkins - widow of painter, poet and Dylan's great friend Vernon Watkins - have rushed to his defence. Read more on the WalesOnline website.

Browse the Dylan Thomas site on BBC Wales Arts for more on the life and works of one of Wales' greatest writers.

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