Dylan Thomas was born on October 27th 1914 and died on November 9th 1953 at the age of 39. He lived in Wales and England and travelled to Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Iran and America. Though his life was short he completed a wealth of work including: hundreds of poems, surreal short stories, beautiful broadcasts about his childhood, a novel and a play-for-voices… all of which were written before he was forty.
In this section you will learn about Dylan’s life and discover the young writer, the actor, the film-maker, the broadcaster and the director, but also observe that he was a meticulous craftsman, ambitious, industrious, contemporary, hugely talented and, at times, introverted. See how the legend of Dylan Thomas was first created by Dylan himself and then how it has been developed and exaggerated since his death.
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