Dylan Thomas
(1914-1953)

Died aged 39

Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion"; the 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. By then, he had acquired a reputation, which he had encouraged, as a "roistering, drunken and doomed poet". Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914. An undistinguished pupil, he left school at 16 and became a journalist for a short time. Many of his works appeared in print while he was still a teenager; however, it was the publication of "Light breaks where no sun shines," in 1934, that caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara, whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of their marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth, settling in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne. Thomas came to be appreciated as a popular poet during his lifetime, and he found earning a living as a writer difficult. He began augmenting his income with reading tours and radio broadcasts. His radio recordings for the BBC during the late 1940s brought him to the public's attention, and he was frequently used by the BBC as a populist voice of the literary scene. Thomas first traveled to the United States in the 1950s. This is where his readings brought him a level of fame while his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in America cemented Thomas's legend, however, and he went on to record to vinyl such works as A Child's Christmas in Wales. During his fourth trip to New York in 1953, Thomas became gravely ill and fell into a coma, from which he never recovered. He died on 9 November 1953. His body was returned to Wales where he was interred at the village churchyard in Laugharne on 25 November 1953. Though Thomas wrote exclusively in the English language, he has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. He is noted for his original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery. Thomas's position as one of the great modern poets has been much discussed, and he remains popular with the public.

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Commemorated on 10 plaques

Dylan Thomas 1914-1953 poet lived here

54 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1, London, United Kingdom where he lived

Dylan Thomas A man of words 1914-1953 was born in this house

5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, United Kingdom where he was born (1914)

Seaview Former home of the poet Dylan Thomas

Market Lane, Laugharne, United Kingdom where he lived

The Dylan Thomas Room "I like very much people telling me about their childhood, but they'll have to be quick or else I'll be telling them about mine." Poet - scholar - gentleman. Born: Swansea Wales 1914 Died: New York City 1953

White Horse Tavern, 57 Hudson Street, West Village, New York, NY, United States where he was

Dedicated to the memory of Dylan Thomas who lived and labored last here at the Chelsea Hotel and from here sailed out to die. In commemoration of his fiftieth birthday

Hotel Chelsea, 222 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, United States where he lived

Cwmdonkin Park Opened in 1874 made famous by the Dylan Thomas poem 'The Hunchback in the Park' Parc Cwmdoncyn Agorwyd ym 1874 gwnaed yn enwog gan gerdd Dylan Thomas 'The Hunchback in the Park'

Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, United Kingdom where he wrote about

The Old Manse. "Now as I was young and easy, under the apple boughs, about the lilting house, and happy as the grass was green" Dylan Thomas stayed here

The Old Manse, 5 Summerland Lane, Newton, United Kingdom where he stayed

Dylan Thomas Poet 1914 - 1953 Drank here !

25 Rathbone Place, London, United Kingdom where he was

Dylan Thomas poet and writer 1914-1953 married Caitlin Macnamara in this house on 11 July 1937

8 Parade Street, Penzance, United Kingdom where he was

The Cross Keys Heritage Dylan Thomas J.M.W. Turner Agatha Christie John Singer Sargent James McNeill Whistler Bob Marley 1708-2012 Celebrated figures drank here

1 Lawrence St, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom where he drank