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Dylan Thomas - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Dylan Thomas

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of the poet Dylan Thomas statue in Dylan Thomas Square, Swansea, Wales; twentieth century Welsh Literature and poetry
Photograph: Dylan Thomas Square, Swansea, Wales.
Dylan Thomas   (1914 - 1953)
 
Category:  Welsh Literature
 
Born:  October 27, 1914
Swansea, Wales
 
Died:  November 9, 1953
New York City, New York, United States
 
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Dylan Thomas - LIFE STORIES
 
 
3/5/1954     Dylan Thomas in Llareggub
On this day in 1954, Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood was published in England; coming out just four months after his death in New York, it was an immediate best seller. Thomas's lifelong ambivalence towards Wales -- "Land of my fathers. My fathers can keep it"-- is maintained in the play, his Laugharne becoming the imaginary village of Llareggub, or "bugger-all" backwards.
10/29/1933     "Child Dylan"
On this day in 1933 Dylan Thomas's "The force that through the green fuse" was published. It is one of his most anthologized poems, and its publication in a London newspaper just two days after Thomas's nineteenth birthday would cause the scholar William Empson to mark the calendar: "what hit the town of London was the child Dylan publishing 'The force that through the green fuse' ... and from that day he was a famous poet."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Child's Christmas in Wales and Five Poems
audio CD
 
Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas 1934-1952
anthology, poetry
 
Collected Stories
anthology, fiction
 
Dylan Thomas: The Caedmon Collections
by Dylan Thomas (Reader)
audio CD
 
Dylan Thomas: The Complete Screenplays
by Dylan Thomas, John Ackerman (Editor)
anthology, drama
 
Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog
memoirs
 
The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas
letters
 
Under Milk Wood
drama, poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Dylan Thomas In America
by John Brinnin
biography
 
Dylan Thomas: His Life and Work
by John Ackerman
biography
 
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Academy of American Poets
Thomas biography, poetry, bibliography, and links. An audio recording of Thomas reading "Do not go gentle into that good night" is provided, as well as selected poems including "Fern Hill," "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower," "Light breaks where no sun shines," "My Hero Bares His Nerves," and "A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London."

"Thomas did not sympathize with T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden's thematic concerns with social and intellectual issues, and his writing, with its intense lyricism and highly charged emotion, has more in common with the Romantic tradition. Thomas first visited America in January 1950, at the age of thirty-five. His reading tours of the United States, which did much to popularize the poetry reading as new medium for the art, are famous and notorious, for Thomas was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American imagination: he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth of feeling. He became a legendary figure, both for his work and the boisterousness of his life."
BBC Interviews
An interview in which the poet discusses secret societies and their initiation rites, first childhood impressions of his home town, school, the local park as his childhood world, and the endurance of childhood memories.

"The lane was always the place to tell your secrets. If you did not have any, you invented them. Occasionally now, I dream that I am turning out of school into the lane of confidences when I say to the boys of my class 'At last ... I have a real secret!' What is it? What is it? I can fly! And when they do not believe me, I flap my arms and slowly leave the ground, only a few inches at first, then gaining air until i fly waving my cap, level with the upper windows of the school, peering in until the mistress at the piano screams, and the metronome falls to the ground and stops, and there is no more time."
Neurotic Poets
This biographical essay explores Thomas's troubled life and alcoholism, his inner demons and failed relationships, and the poet's remarkable career. An audio recording of Thomas reading "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is also available.

"While Dylan Thomas possessed immense gifts and talent which made him a professional success as a writer, he was often a disappointment on a personal level. Much of this failure personally could have stemmed from an inability to deal with the extreme demands that came with sudden fame. Some explanation must also lie in the various ways his personality have been described: alternately as humble, shy, confused and insecure on the inside, but outwardly neglectful, selfish, and egotistical--yet always, and extremely, charming."
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