Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

Swansea, Swansea, Wales
Death 9 Nov 1953 (aged 39)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Memorial ID 2681 · View Source
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Poet, Writer. Born in Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales to David John Thomas, a teacher, and Florence Hannah Williams Thomas , a seamstress. In 1931, at the age of 16, Dylan left school to become a junior reporter at the South Wales Daily Post. His position with the Post didn't last long, though, as he quit in December 1932 and turned his attention away from journalism and back to poetry, now a full-time pursuit. Remarkably, about two-thirds of his literature is from his late teens. He began copying his early poems into what would become known as his notebooks. This was a practice that continued until 1934 and contributed to several of his first collections beginning with 18 Poems, published in 1934. While living in London, Dylan met Caitlin Macnamara, whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. He and Caitlin would have three children. His other notebook inspired works such as Twenty Five Poems in 1936, The Map of Love in 1939 and Deaths and Entrances in 1946. Also notable of this period was that it marked the beginning of the poet's lifelong struggle with alcohol abuse. Although Dylan was appreciated as a popular poet in his lifetime, he found earning a living as a writer difficult, which resulted in his augmenting his income with reading tours and broadcasts. His radio recordings for the BBC during the latter half of the 1940s brought him to the public's attention and he was used by the Corporation as a populist voice of the literary scene. In the 1950s, Dylan travelled to America, where his readings brought him a level of fame, though his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in America cemented his legend, where he recorded to vinyl works such as A Child's Christmas in Wales. During his fourth trip to New York in 1953, Dylan became gravely ill and fell into a coma from which he did not recover. In 2004 a book was written called Dylan Remembered 1935-53, it is written jointly by David Thomas, author of a praised biography of Thomas's earlier life, and Dr Simon Barton, primary medical care officer for Cornwall. They surmise that Dylan died of pneumonia, not for alcoholic condition, the physician failed to diagnose pneumonia and treated Dylan for alcoholic condition. He died at the age of 39.

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