Dylan Thomas

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", as well as the "play for voices" Under Milk Wood. He also wrote 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 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. In 1931, when he was 16, Thomas, an undistinguished pupil, left school to become a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post. Many of his works appeared in print while he was still a teenager. In 1934, the publication of "Light breaks where no sun shines" caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara. They married in 1937 and had three children: Llewelyn, Aeronwy, and Colm. He came to be appreciated as a popular poet during his lifetime, though 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 an accessible voice of the literary scene. Thomas first travelled to the United States in the 1950s. His readings there brought him a degree of fame, while his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in the United States cemented his legend, 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. He died on 9 November 1953 and his body was returned to Wales. On 25 November 1953, he was interred at St Martin's churchyard in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. Although 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. His 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 11 plaques

Dylan Thomas 1914-1953 poet lived here

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

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

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

Seaview Former home of the poet Dylan Thomas

Market Lane, Laugharne, United Kingdom where they 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 they 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 they 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 they 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 they stayed

Dylan Thomas Poet 1914 - 1953 Drank here !

25 Rathbone Place, London, United Kingdom where they 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 they 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 they drank

Dylan Thomas (Oct 1914 - Nov 1953) read from the final version of Under Milk Wood to Tenby & District Arts Club on 2nd Oct. 1953 in the Salad Bowl Café formerly on this site

2-3 The Croft, Tenby, United Kingdom where they performed (1953)