- A long-lost notebook full of poems by Dylan Thomas is to be sold at auction
- Book was discarded by Thomas and due to be burnt, but was saved by a housemaid
- Manuscript contains working versions of some of the poet's key works
- Sale likely to attract attention, bids, from universities and libraries in UK, U.S.
A notebook full of work-in-progress versions of some of Dylan Thomas's key poems has been rediscovered more than 70 years after the poet's mother-in-law ordered it to be burnt.
The book, in Thomas's cramped, neat handwriting, includes 19 poems in varying states of completion, some with large sections scratched out and revised, and offers a valuable insight into his creative process.