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The most important Welsh poet of the twentieth century, Thomas was born in Swansea, about which he remembered unkindly "the smug darkness of a provincial town." He attended Swansea Grammar School but received his real education in the extensive library of his father, a disappointed schoolteacher with higher ambitions. Refusing university study in favor of immediately becoming a professional writer, Thomas worked first in Swansea and then in London at a variety of literary jobs, which included journalism and, eventually, filmscripts and radio plays. In 1936 he began the satisfying but stormy marriage to the bohemian writer and dancer Caitlin MacNamara that would endure for the rest of his career. His life fell into a pattern of oscillation between work and dissipation in London and recovery and relaxation in a rural retreat, usually in Wales. Thomas worked in a documentary film unit during the war. Besides his poetry, he wrote plays and fiction. In the early 1950s, he gave three celebrated poetry-reading tours of the United States, during which his outrageous behavior vied with his superb reading ability for public attention. Aggravated by chronic alcoholism, his health collapsed during the last tour, and he died in a New York City hospital. In his poetry, Thomas embraced an exuberant romanticism in the encounter between self and world and a joyous riot in the lushness of language. His work falls into three periods---an early "womb-tomb" phase during which he produced a notebook, which he later mined for further poems, a middle one troubled by marriage and war, and a final acceptance of the human condition. The exuberant rhetoric of his work belies an equally strong devotion to artistry, what he once called "my craft or sullen art." His great "Fern Hill," for example, builds its imagery of the rejoicing innocence of childhood on a strict and demanding syllabic count. A recollection of boyhood holidays on the farm of his aunt and uncle, that poem places its emotion within an Edenic framework typical of Thomas's work. The impressive sonnet sequence "Altarwise by Owl-Light" (1936) combines the internal quest of romanticism with a more elaborate religious outlook in tracing the birth and spiritual autobiography of a poet. Almost at the end of his career he produced the moving elegy "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" (1952), written during the final illness of his father. Despite his periods of doubt and dissipation, Thomas celebrated the fullness of life. As he wrote in a note to his Collected Poems (1952), "These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusion, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and I'd be a damn fool if they weren't." (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas 1934-1952
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Full name Dylan Marlais Thomas. On combining works of this author: Please take note that editions of the "Poems" can be different works (selections as opposed to complete works). Identical titles alone do not indicate identical works.

Under Milk Wood 2,463 copies, 29 reviews
A Child's Christmas in Wales 1,740 copies, 49 reviews
Quite Early One Morning 441 copies, 2 reviews
The Collected Stories 432 copies, 5 reviews
The Doctor and the Devils 313 copies, 8 reviews
Adventures in the Skin Trade 170 copies, 2 reviews
Dylan Thomas (Everyman's Poetry) 107 copies, 2 reviews
Selected poems 85 copies, 1 review
Deaths and Entrances 74 copies, 1 review
Selected poems [Penguin] 69 copies, 1 review
Rebecca's Daughters 67 copies, 1 review
Beach of Falesa 66 copies, 1 review
Miscellany Two 61 copies
Fern Hill and Other Poems 56 copies, 2 reviews
The Outing 55 copies
Selected Works 43 copies
Holiday Memory 38 copies
The Followers 32 copies, 2 reviews
Alle verhalen 15 copies
Poesia Completa 14 copies
Poemas 12 copies
Poesie inedite 12 copies
18 Poems 8 copies
Poesie 8 copies
Twenty Years a-Growing 6 copies, 1 review
Two tales 5 copies
Dylan Thomas at the BBC 5 copies, 1 review
Nitton dikter 4 copies
New Poems 3 copies
De terugreis 3 copies
Un natale 2 copies
steist lugu 2 copies
Gedichten 2 copies
26 poesie 2 copies
The peaches 2 copies
Under Mælkeskoven 1 copy, 1 review
Speak Up #173 1 copy, 1 review
30 dikt 1 copy
Poetry 1 copy
39 dikter 1 copy
Verhalen 1 copy
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 853 copies, 7 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (some editions) 575 copies, 7 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 407 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 385 copies, 1 review
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 353 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 266 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (Contributor, some editions) 246 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 167 copies, 20 reviews
Love Letters (Contributor) 164 copies, 1 review
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 155 copies, 2 reviews
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (Contributor) 108 copies
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (Author, some editions) 17 copies
Loss: An Anthology (Contributor) 16 copies
Welsh Short Stories (Contributor) 14 copies
Under Milk Wood [1972 film] (Original book) 12 copies, 1 review
31 Stories (Contributor) 12 copies, 2 reviews
The Bedside Lilliput (Contributor) 11 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
The West Country Book (Contributor) 5 copies
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (Contributor) 4 copies

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