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Dylan Thomas


        Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 in Swansea Wales.

        Father was David John Thomas, who was the senior English master at Swansea Grammar school.

        Mother was Florence Williams, a homemaker

        Thomas received little formal education, and what he did receive, only interested in English

        First poem published in Western Mail when he was 12.  After death, it was discovered he plagiarized it

        1934 first book, 18 Poems was published.  This year he went to go live in London, where he worked as a reporter

        1936 second book, Twenty-Five Poems was published.

        In 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

        By the end of 1930s, Thomas gained great literary fame, and became a public figure

        During World War II, he worked for the BBC, where he became a favorite

        Between 1942 and 1945 Thomas worked on at least ten documentary films

        In 1947, after contributing more than fifty features for the BBC, he suffered a mental breakdown and moved to Oxford

        Returned to Wales in 1949

        In 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

        1952 was his second tour, but his wife Caitlin came along to try to limit his excesses.

        The third tour lasted six weeks to console Caitlin, who accused her husband of infidelity.

        Fourth tour ended with his death

        Thomas drank excessively, and after complaining of pain and seeing a doctor fell into a coma

        He 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.

        Buried at St. Martin’s Church in Luagharne

        Death was tragic, but it was fitting for the romanticized poetic lifestyle that Thomas had sought