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Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1954

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Authorial Context: Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas, born on October 27, 1914, in Swansea, Wales, was a prolific and influential poet and writer known for his vivid and imaginative verse. His brief life was marked by a profound connection to his Welsh heritage, which greatly influenced his work. From an early age, Thomas showed an aptitude for language and a love for poetry. His father, David John Thomas, was an English teacher, and his mother, Florence Hannah, encouraged his literary pursuits. Dylan attended Swansea Grammar School, where his teachers recognized his talent and passion for writing. At the age of 20, Thomas moved to London, where he began his career as a poet and writer. He became associated with the bohemian literary circles of the time, gaining recognition for his performances of poetry in pubs and literary gatherings. His first collection of poems, Eighteen Poems, was published in 1934, showcasing his intense and emotive style.

Thomas’s affinity for Wales was rooted in the landscapes, people, and folklore of his homeland. Wales served as a wellspring of inspiration for his creative endeavors, and his poetic imagery often drew from the natural beauty and mythic elements of Wales, painting vibrant and evocative scenes in his verses.

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