Dylan Thomas : Collected Poems 1934-1953
The definitive edition of Dylan Thomas's five published volumes of poems: 18 POEMS, TWENTY-FIVE POEMS, THE MAP OF LOVE, DEATHS AND ENTRANCES and IN COUNTRY SLEEP.
Dylan Thomas wrote passionately about life in all its moods and moments: from the first thrilling moments of childbirth to the darker moments of death and loss.
COLLECTED POEMS is introduced by the poet himself with a passionate seashore 'Prologue', in which the self-styled Noah of poetry builds his ark against ruin. This edition includes his last, unfinished poem 'Elegy', and the opening of 'In Country Heaven' - an ambitious project conceived after the dropping of the atom bomb.
50th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's death guarantees renewed attention for his work. On November 8th there is to be a wreath-laying ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Also, BBC Wales is planning an event to coincide with the half-centenary which would take the form of 'the people's favourite poem'. Also coincides with publication of the new biography of Thomas's life by Andrew Lycett (Weidenfeld), and first paperback publication of The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas Reissued alongside Collected Stories and Under Milk Wood Special Dylan Thomas presenter detailing backlist as well as the new biography Dylan Thomas is recognised as one of our the twentieth century's most important writers The only edition available Includes an introduction, notes, selected criticism and chronology of Thomas's life and times
Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea on 27 October 1914, the son of a senior English master. On leaving school he worked on the South Wales Evening Post before embarking on his literary career in London. Not only a poet, he wrote short stories, film scripts, features and radio plays, the most famous being Under Milk Wood. On 9 November 1953, shortly after his thirty-ninth birthday, he collapsed and died in New York city. He is buried in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, which had become his main home since 1949. In 1982 a memorial stone to commemorate him was unveiled in 'Poet's Corner' in Westminster Abbey.