Dylan Thomas, 0000-0000

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Publication details of Do not go gentle into that good night:

Appeared in the volume Collected Poems, which was published in 1952

Other literary works include:

Eighteen Poems (1934)
New Poems (1942)
Deaths and Entrances (1946)
Poems (1971)



27th of October, 1914 in Swansea, Wales

Early years:

His parents had a Welsh speaking country background, but they adopted English language and culture. Although Thomas could not speak Welsh, he picked up the rhytms of the language, and started to write poetry while still at school.


Thomas received very little formal education. He was educated at the Swansea Grammar School, where his father was the senior English master.


He edited the school magazine and left his studies at the age of sixteen and worked for years as a trainee newspaper reporter on the South Wales Evening Post. His first book, subjective and sensuous Eighteen Poems appeared in 1934. It was followed by Twenty-five Poems (1936), which established his reputation as a poet. During world War II, Thomas worked sporadically for the BBC. In the 1940s he wrote some of his best works. Portrait of An Artist as a Young Dog (1946) was a collection of largely autobiographical short stories.

Final years:

In 1947, Thomas suffered a mental breakdown and he moved to Oxford. He returned to Wales in 1949 and made his first American tour next year. In 1950, 1952 and 1953 he continued his popular reading tours on American college campuses. His last four years he spent at the Boat House in Laugharne where he was buried. Shortly before his death in New York, Thomas took part in a reading of what was to be his most famous single work, Under Milk Wood (1954). It was published posthumously as his reminiscene A Child's Christmas in Wales (1955).


He died in the U.S. on a tour on 9th of November, 1953.

Thomas-related web-sites:

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas - The Academy of American Poets

Dylan Thomas - His Life and Work

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