- NAME: Dylan Thomas
- OCCUPATION: Poet
- BIRTH DATE: October 27, 1914
- DEATH DATE: November 09, 1953
- Did You Know?: Dylan Thomas, generally a heavy drinker, died soon after leaving the New York City pub the White Horse Tavern.
- EDUCATION: Swansea Grammar School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Swansea, Wales
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Dylan Marlais Thomas
- AKA: Dylan Thomas
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Writer Dylan Thomas is best known for the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" and play Under Milk Wood. He's also known for his heavy drinking, which led to his untimely death.
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Born in 1914, Welshman Dylan Thomas left school at age 16 to become a reporter and writer. His most famous poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," was published in 1952, but his reputation wasn't solidified until years earlier. Thomas's prose includes Under Milk Wood (1954) and A Child's Christmas in Wales (1955). Thomas was in high demand for his animated readings, but debt and heavy drinking took their toll, and he died in New York City while on tour in 1953, at age 39.
"There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright."
"Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great."
"When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes."
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914, in Swansea, Wales. When he was around 16 years of age, he began copying his early poems into what would become known as his notebooks—a practice that continued until 1934 and contributed to several of his first collections (beginning with 18 Poems, published in 1934).
In 1931, at the age of 16, Thomas left school to become a junior reporter at the South Wales Daily Post. His position with the Post didn't last long, though, as he quit in December 1932 and turned his attention away from journalism and back to poetry, now a full-time pursuit. Remarkably, about two-thirds of Thomas's oeuvre is from his late teens.
Thomas soon found success: His poem "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" was published in 1933 in the New English Weekly, marking his first international publication. The event sent Thomas to England in the summer of 1933 to meet with editors of various English literary magazines. (He would move to London for 10 years shortly thereafter.)
The following year, Dylan Thomas saw his work appear for the first time in book form: "Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines" was published as an entry in The Year's Poetry in the spring of 1934, and his first collection, 18 Poems, was published that December. His first published efforts brought Thomas critical praise and honors, includingthe 1934 Poet's Corner Prize. 18 Poems drew heavily from the notebooks of collected poems that Thomas wrote as a youth, and it would set off a string of notebook-inspired works such as Twenty Five Poems (1936), The Map of Love (1939) and Deaths and Entrances (1946). Also notable of this period was that it marked the beginning of the poet's lifelong struggle with alcohol abuse.
Thomas's star rose in the literary world, and his path was unique: Unlike other popular poets of his day, he shied away from tackling intellectual and social issues, instead producing work reminiscent of the Romantic period, with an emotionally charged lyrical approach.
Thomas married Caitlin Macnamara in 1937, and the couple went on to have two sons and a daughter. But while his fame was rising in literary circles, his business sense was lacking, so he and his family lived in relative poverty. To support his family, Thomas worked for the BBC and as a film scriptwriter during World War II (he was exempted from fighting due to a lung condition), but he continued to struggled financially—unable even to keep up with the taxes that he owed.
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