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Dylan Thomas : the biography

Author: Paul Ferris
Publisher: Washington, DC : Counterpoint, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"Dylan Thomas's life and work have made him a legendary figure since he died, amid alcohol and debts, in New York at the age of thirty-nine. At the heart of his achievement are a few dozen poems and stories which, together with the romantic comedy Under Milk Wood, haunt the imagination and give his writing a broader appeal than he could have envisaged. Beyond his writing is the chequered figure of the poet himself:
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Dylan Thomas; Dylan Thomas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Ferris
ISBN: 1582430756 9781582430751
OCLC Number: 42798135
Description: xxiv, 408 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Names from the Past --
His Father's Son --
A Sort of Schoolboy --
Reporter, Actor, Poet --
A Case of Cancer --
London --
Caitlin --
Marriage --
War and 'Fern Hill' --
A Voice on the Radio --
Laugharne and America --
No Money, Few Poems --
The Knot --
Running Faster --
Alcohol and Morphia --
Postscript: The Thomas Business.
Responsibility: Paul Ferris.

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"Dylan Thomas's life and work have made him a legendary figure since he died, amid alcohol and debts, in New York at the age of thirty-nine. At the heart of his achievement are a few dozen poems and stories which, together with the romantic comedy Under Milk Wood, haunt the imagination and give his writing a broader appeal than he could have envisaged. Beyond his writing is the chequered figure of the poet himself: often comic, at times in despair, always self-obsessed, in the end defeated by his own nature."

"Paul Ferris's classic biography has been recognised as the standard life since it first appeared in 1977. He has now drawn on fresh material to revise the book. In particular, he looks again at Thomas's marriage to the fiery Caitlin, and finds in it the seeds of a fatal dependence."--Jacket.

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