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Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas is best known for his poems “Do not go gently into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion” and also the “play for voices” Under Milk Wood.
In addition, he produced radio plays and stories like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog and A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
He attained enormous popularity during his lifetime and continued to do so even after his passing in New York City at the age of 39.
By that point, he had developed a reputation as a “roistering, drunken, and doomed poet,” which he had encouraged.
Dylan Thomas was born as Dylan Marlais Thomas on 27 October 1914, at Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. His parents were Florence Hannah (née Williams; 1882–1958), a seamstress, and David John Thomas (1876–1952), a teacher.
His father had aspirations to go beyond his job as a teacher of English literature at the neighbourhood grammar school. He earned a first-class honours degree in English from University College, Aberystwyth. Dylan had an elder sister, Nancy Marles (1906–1953).
Like some of his predecessors in the field of literature, he gave up school at the age of 16 to become a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post. His flair for writing gained recognition with the publication of his poem “Light breaks where no sun shines”in 1934 and prior to this, many of his works made it to the print, when he was still a teenager. He met Caitlin Macnamara and married her in 1937. He was blessed with three children, Llewelyn, Aeronwy, and Colm.
Thomas made his first tour of the USA in 1950s. He gained quite a reputation for his reading but became an alcoholic. In spite of his drinking habits, Dylan Thomas remained quite popular and recorded his work ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ in vinyl.
Thomas’ health deteriorated when he was on his fourth trip to the USA in 1953. He went to coma and finally passed away on 9 November 1953 (aged 39) at Greenwich Village, New York City, United States. It’s tragic that some of the most talented poets in the English literature like Dylan Thomas, PB Shelley, John Keats etc. died at such a young age. Though, Thomas wrote mostly in English, he’s still recognized as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th Century.
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