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Where artists went to drink and die

Dylan, Kerouac, Joplin, Vidal, Vicious — all checked in at this legendary Manhattan hotel

8 February 2014

9:00 AM

8 February 2014

9:00 AM

Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel Sherill Tippins

Simon & Schuster, pp.457, £20, ISBN: 9780743295611

Once below a time (to quote the man himself) the bloated poet Dylan Thomas slouched back to New York’s Chelsea Hotel in the dead of night and informed his mistress that he had just drunk 18 straight whiskies, which he suspected was a record. He then dropped to his knees, lowered his head onto her lap and mumbled his last words: ‘I love you, but I’m alone.

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