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A Dylan Thomas companion : life, poetry and…

A Dylan Thomas companion : life, poetry and prose

by John Ackerman

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An examination of the life and works of Dylan Thomas beginning with a picture of the worlds in which he moved: initially Swansea and west Wales, then London and finally Laugharne and America. There are also glimpses of Italy, Prague, Teheran and New York using Thomas' own descriptions of places and people. In examining Thomas' writings, the author seeks firstly to show through analysis of the early manuscript verse, the emergence of Thomas' distinctive poetic voice, outlining the main themes with the help of Thomas' letters and miscellaneous critical comment. In the latter part of the book, the author traces Thomas's growth as a prose writer, commenting on each of his works, including his work on films and radio, as well as his stories and letters, and showing how, throughout Thomas' life this was linked with his development as a poet. The role of nature is a major focus in the interpretation of the poetry in this book. Ackerman shows how Thomas' various experiences as an amateur actor and his work for radio as broadcaster and writer together with his increasing fame as a reader, cast their perspectives on his changing prose style. Attention is also given to Thomas' various critical writings, as well as his letters with some quotation from work not previously available such as his typscript summary of the projected "Book of the Streets" and manuscript versions of "A Story". As well as discussing its themes, characters, style and structure, the account of "Under Milk Wood" traces literary and biographical sources not before explored. John Ackerman is also author of "Dylan Thomas: His Life and Work".

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