54 Facts About Dylan Thomas

1. Dylan Thomas toured America four times, with his last public engagement taking place at the City College of New York.

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2. Dylan Thomas was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American imagination—he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth of feeling and a singing Welsh lilt.

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3. In 1947 Dylan Thomas was awarded a Traveling Scholarship from the Society of Authors.

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4. Dylan Thomas recorded radio shows and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.

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5. In 1934, when Dylan Thomas was twenty, he moved to London, won the Poet's Corner book prize, and published his first book, 18 Poems, to great acclaim.

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6. Dylan Thomas died in a New York hospital on 9 November 1953.

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7. Dylan Thomas gets married In 1936, Dylan Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara, a dancer.

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8. Dylan Thomas was encouraged, and wrote many poems while still a teenager.

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9. Dylan Thomas continued to compose verse while working at the Post.

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10. Dylan Thomas acknowledged his debt to Sigmund Freud, stating: "Poetry is the rhythmic, inevitably narrative, movement from an over clothed blindness to a naked vision.

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11. Dylan Thomas published his first book of poetry, Eighteen Poems, when he was not yet twenty years old.

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12. Dylan Thomas loved the wild landscape of Wales, and he put much of his childhood and youth into these stories.

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13. Dylan Thomas acknowledged his debt to Sigmund Freud, stating: "Poetry is the rhythmic, inevitably narrative, movement from an overclothed blindness to a naked vision….

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14. Dylan Thomas published his first book of poetry, Eighteen Poems, when he was not yet 20 years old.

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15. Dylan Thomas was born in the Welsh seaport of Swansea, Carmarthenshire, on Oct 27, 1914.

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16. Dylan Thomas is still considered as a famous Welsh poet even though most of his works are written in English.

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17. Dylan Thomas was severely ill which led into a coma in 1953 during his fourth trip to New York.

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18. Dylan Thomas earned his reputation as a doomed and drunken poet.

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19. Dylan Thomas met Dylan Thomas at Idlewild Airport and was shocked at his appearance, as he "looked pale, delicate and shaky, not his usual robust self".

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20. Dylan Thomas married Caitlin Macnamara in 1937, and the couple went on to have two sons and a daughter.

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21. In 1931, at the age of 16, Dylan Thomas left school to become a junior reporter at the South Wales Daily Post.

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22. Dylan 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.

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23. Dylan Thomas shares his birthday with another important twentieth-century poet, Sylvia Plath.

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24. Dylan Thomas was born in Dylan Marlais Thomas, in Swansea, in 1914.

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25. Bob Dylan Thomas listens to Sun Records great Billy Lee Riley play on his tour bus in 1992.

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26. Dylan Thomas is a dazzling obscure writer who can be enjoyed without understanding.

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27. Dylan Thomas once wrote, "Land of my fathers, and my fathers can keep it".

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28. Dylan Thomas disliked being regarded as a provincial poet, and decried any notion of 'Welshness' in his poetry.

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29. Dylan Thomas was an accomplished writer of prose poetry, with collections such as Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog and Quite Early One Morning (1954) showing he was capable of writing moving short stories.

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30. Dylan Thomas died intestate with assets to the value of £100.

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31. Dylan Thomas went out in the evening to keep two drink appointments.

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32. Dylan Thomas handed responsibility to his assistant, Liz Reitell, who was keen to see Thomas for the first time since their three-week romance early in the year.

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33. Dylan Thomas arrived in New York on 20 October 1953 to undertake another tour of poetry-reading and talks, organised by Brinnin.

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34. Dylan Thomas spent the last nine or ten days of his third tour in New York mostly in the company of Reitell, with whom he had an affair.

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35. Dylan Thomas would describe the flat as his "London house of horror" and did not return there after his 1952 tour of America.

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36. Just before moving into there, Dylan Thomas rented "Pelican House" opposite his regular drinking den, Brown's Hotel, for his parents who lived there from 1949 until 1953.

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37. In late 1946 Dylan Thomas turned up at the Taylors' again, this time homeless and with Caitlin.

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38. Dylan Thomas had an uneasy relationship with BBC management and a staff job was never an option, with drinking cited as the problem.

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39. Dylan Thomas appeared in the play Comus for the Third Programme, the day after the network launched, and his rich, sonorous voice led to character parts, including the lead in Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Satan in an adaptation of Paradise Lost.

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40. In early 1943, Dylan Thomas began a relationship with Pamela Glendower; one of several affairs he had during his marriage.

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41. Dylan Thomas hoped to find employment in the film industry and wrote to the director of the films division of the Ministry of Information.

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42. Dylan Thomas walked through the bombed-out shell of the town centre with his friend Bert Trick.

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43. Dylan Thomas was a supporter of the left-wing No More War Movement and boasted about participating in demonstrations against the British Union of Fascists.

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44. Dylan Thomas refused to align himself with them and declined to sign their manifesto.

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45. Dylan Thomas liked to comment that he and Caitlin were in bed together ten minutes after they first met.

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46. In early 1936, Dylan Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara, a 22-year-old blonde-haired, blue-eyed dancer of Irish descent.

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47. In December 1935 Dylan Thomas contributed the poem "The Hand That Signed the Paper" to Issue 18 of the bi-monthly New Verse.

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48. Dylan Thomas introduced Watkins, working at Lloyds Bank at the time, to his friends, now known as The Kardomah Gang.

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49. In September 1935, Dylan Thomas met Vernon Watkins, thus beginning a lifelong friendship.

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50. Dylan Thomas was an undistinguished pupil who shied away from school, preferring reading.

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51. In October 1925, Dylan Thomas enrolled at Swansea Grammar School for boys, in Mount Pleasant, where his father taught English.

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52. Dylan Thomas had bronchitis and asthma in childhood and struggled with these throughout his life.

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53. Dylan Thomas had one sibling, Nancy Marles, who was eight years his senior.

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54. Dylan Thomas began augmenting his income with reading tours and radio broadcasts.

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