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Biography Summary: Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) was famous for his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night”.

Although a talented writer he was a prolific drinker. When he married Caitlin they would become known as co-dependent alcoholics. They had three children together and throughout the marriage Thomas had many affairs which either spent their course or was put a stop to by Caitlin.

He wrote poems throughout his career but would turn his hand to other forms of writing to earn money to support his family. Towards the end of his career he was invited to travel to the United States, it would be on the fourth occasion that he was seriously suffering from ill health, complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing, he had also been blacking out. Rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital on November 5th he died four days later.

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Dylan Thomas Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1914 - 1953 *** Full Name: Dylan Marlais Thomas *** Occupation: Welsh Poet and Writer *** Date of Birth: Dylan Thomas was born on October 27th 1914 *** Place of Birth: Dylan Thomas was born in Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales *** Family background: His father was David John Thomas who was a teacher and his mother was Florence Hannah Williams and she was a seamstress. As a teacher his father also had a first class honors degree in English having attended the University College of Aberystwyth and also spoke fluent Welsh as did his mother *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his sister Nancy. She was nine years older than he was. He grew up in Swansea in the same house he had been born in until he reached nineteen years of age *** Education: Dylan Thomas’ education began in a private school at Mrs Hole’s dame school after which he attended Swansea Grammar School for boys ***

Dylan Thomas Fact 1: Dylan Thomas was born on October 27th 1914 and during the 20th century period in history when great strides were being made in technology, medicine and aviation.

Dylan Thomas Fact 2: As a child and into his adulthood he would always suffer from asthma and bronchitis.

Dylan Thomas Fact 3: While in grammar school he would have his first publication of a poem during his first year and by the time he left school he had become the school magazines editor. While at school he also began writing his poems in notebooks.

Dylan Thomas Fact 4: When he left school he went to work as a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post although he was only there for eighteen months.

Dylan Thomas Fact 5: He carried on working freelance as a journalist and over those years wrote around two hundred poems.

Dylan Thomas Fact 6: Poems such as “And death shall have no dominion”, “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” and “Before I Knocked” all appeared in the New English Weekly in 1933 and the following year “Light breaks where no sun shines” caught the attention of three prominent figures in the literary world, Steven Spender, Geoffrey Grison and T.S. Elliot when it was published in The Listener in 1934.

Dylan Thomas Fact 7: They made contact with Thomas and 18 Poems, his first publication was in print in December of 1934.

Dylan Thomas Fact 8: In 1936 he published his next book Twenty Five Poems which also received much acclaim.

Dylan Thomas Fact 9: It would be around this period of time that he began to gain a reputation as a heavy drinker.

Dylan Thomas Fact 10: In 1936 he made the acquaintance of Caitlin Macnamara, one year his junior. She was originally from Ireland and had run away from home when she was eighteen to become a dancer. When they met she was working in the chorus line at the London Palladium.

Dylan Thomas Fact 11: They began courting in the latter part of 1936 and by July 1937 married in Cornwall. The following year they rented a cottage in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire and their first son was born in January 1939.

Dylan Thomas Fact 12: Two further books published, The Map of Love and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog did not sell so well and having borrowed money from friends was forced to move his family to Gloucestershire where they moved in with John Davenport who would collaborate with Thomas on The Death of the King’s Canary.

Dylan Thomas Fact 13: When World War II broke out he was able to obtain a Grade III classification which meant he would be amongst the last to be called up due to his health issues.

Dylan Thomas Fact 14: Having written begging letters to various literary figures in the hopes of some long term financial support to continue his writing he supplemented his income by producing material for the BBC although the family continued to struggle for money.

Dylan Thomas Fact 15: Eventually Thomas and Caitlin moved back to London in the hopes of Thomas finding work. He was fortunate enough to find work with Stand Films which would provide a steady income.

Dylan Thomas Fact 16: Their second child, a daughter, was born in London and with the German bombs dropping on London Thomas moved his family back to Wales.

Dylan Thomas Fact 17: In 1945 he began working for the BBC reading for Book of Verse which broadcast the Far East.

Dylan Thomas Fact 18: By 1946 Thomas and Caitlin were homeless and went to live with A.J.P. Taylor and his wife who let them stay in their summer house.

Dylan Thomas Fact 19: By 1949 they moved into their final house purchased by Margaret Taylor in Laugharne. They also had their third child, another son, that year.

Dylan Thomas Fact 20: In 1950 Thomas was invited to New York where he stayed for three months. He returned to the United States in 1952 with his wife and again in 1953.

Dylan Thomas Fact 21: Dylan Thomas died on his fourth trip to the United States on November 9th 1953 of acute alcoholic encephalopathy. His body was repatriated to Wales where he was laid to rest in the churchyard at St Martin’s Church in Laugharne.

Dylan Thomas Influence and Legacy: Much of his work was written when just a teenager including “And death shall have no dominion”, “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” and “Before I Knocked”.

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