Dylan Thomas – Biography of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Marlais Thomas He was born in the Welsh port of Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Wales, on October 27, 1914. His father, David John, was an English teacher and aspiring poet of whom Dylan he inherited his intellectual and literary abilities. From his mother, Florence, a simple and religious woman, Dylan he inherited his humor, temperament, and respect for his Celtic blood. He had an older sister, Nancy.

He attended Swansea High School, where he received his formal education. As a student, he made contributions to the school magazine and was very interested in local folklore. During these early school years, Thomas he became friends with Daniel Jones, another local schoolboy. The two would write hundreds of poems together, and as adults Jones edited a collection of poetry by Thomas.

After leaving school, Thomas he promoted himself as an actor, journalist, critic, screenwriter, and for various jobs. When he was twenty-two years old, he married Caitlin Macnamara, with whom he had two sons, Llewelyn and Colm, and a daughter, Aeron. After their marriage, he moved to the fishing town of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.

To support his growing family, Thomas he was forced to write radio scripts for the Ministry of Information and documentaries for the British government. He also served as an aircraft gunner during World War II (1939-1945. After the war he became a poetry commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In 1950 Thomas he made the first of three trips giving poetry readings across the United States – the others were in 1952 and 1953, in which he made more than a hundred presentations.

The poetic production of Thomas it wasn’t great. He wrote only six poems in the last six years of his life. An exhausting conference program considerably slowed down his literary production in these years. His belief that he was going to die young led him to create “Instant dylan“, a character of the Welsh bard, young and wild, condemned by drink and women.

During his visit to the United States in 1953, he planned to read his own poetry and others, in several of the forty cities with universities throughout the country. He also intended to work on an opera libretto for Igor Stravinsky at the latter’s California home. Thomas celebrated his thirty-ninth birthday in New York City in an atmosphere of homosexual euphoria, following the extraordinary success of his edited poems that have just been published. The festivities ended in collapse and illness. On November 9, 1953, he died at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. Some reports attribute his death to pneumonia caused by alcoholism, others to encephalopathy. His body was returned to Laugharne, Wales, for burial.

Literary works

Thomas published his first book of poetry, Eighteen poems (1934), when he was not yet twenty years old. The second and third volumes of Thomas They were Twenty five poems (1936) and The map of love (1939). The poems of its first three volumes were collected in “The world that I breathe“(1939).
By this time Tomas was being hailed as the most spectacular of the surrealist poets, or poets who use images.

A portrait of the artist as a young dog“(1940) is a collection of autobiographical humor. Thomas loved the wild landscape of Wales, and put much of his childhood and youth into these stories. He published two new books of poetry, both of which contained some of his best work: “Deaths and entries“(1946) and”In the dreamland“(1951).