was born on October 27, 1914 in Swansea Wales.
was David John Thomas, who was the senior English master at Swansea Grammar school.
was Florence Williams, a homemaker
received little formal education, and what he did receive, only interested in English
poem published in Western Mail when he was 12. After death, it was discovered
he plagiarized it
first book, 18 Poems was published. This
year he went to go live in London, where he worked as a reporter
second book, Twenty-Five Poems was published.
1937 he married Caitlin Macnamara. Not a stable marriage, characterized by arguments
over money; Thomas’s earnings were irregular, and he quickly spent what money they had
the end of 1930s, Thomas gained great literary fame, and became a public figure
World War II, he worked for the BBC, where he became a favorite
1942 and 1945 Thomas worked on at least ten documentary films
1947, after contributing more than fifty features for the BBC, he suffered a mental breakdown and moved to Oxford
to Wales in 1949
1950 he made his first American Tour, mostly due to financial pressures. Tour lasted for 100 days, during which
he drank excessively and had outrageous behavior
was his second tour, but his wife Caitlin came along to try to limit his excesses.
third tour lasted six weeks to console Caitlin, who accused her husband of infidelity.
tour ended with his death
drank excessively, and after complaining of pain and seeing a doctor fell into a coma
died on November 9, 1953. Post mortem examination revealed he died of pneumonia
with pressure on the brain and a fatty liver serving as contributing factors.
at St. Martin’s Church in Luagharne
was tragic, but it was fitting for the romanticized poetic lifestyle that Thomas had sought