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By John Ackerman

'...continuously illuminating and a true excitement to read...John Ackerman presents what needs to be the main complete and balanced account of the guy and his work.' John Haris, Planet 'As nature is all we have now, and all i'm is a guy, i am really drawn to guy and nature' declared Dylan Thomas in 1952, and the function of nature is the main concentration within the interpretation of the poetry during this booklet. Nature is noticeable as the most important either in settling on his poetic originality and the pantheistic imaginative and prescient of his later paintings. The booklet presents the 1st designated account of Thomas's profession and improvement as a prose author, commenting on his paintings in motion pictures, on radio, in addition to his tales and letters.

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His closest friends', his wife relates, 'were the men he met in Brown's. He would sit with them in the bow window, looking up and down the street, and he more or less recreated Laugharne in Under Milk Wood . Ivy [the landlady] recognised many of the characters in the play. 95 Clearly, too, Thomas's way of life followed in Laugharne a working-class rather than middle-class pattern, though of course Dylan Thomas's Life 41 the social structure of Wales differed from that in England. Certainly Thomas's interests there were not those of the cosmopolitan bohemian poet nor even those of the intellectual: literary parties, the theatre, anything approaching academic discussion were not his idea of leisure.

P. Taylor. For a year the Thomases lived in a one-room cottage in the garden of their house, then in a larger cottage at South Leigh, again provided by Margaret Taylor, together with a caravan in which Thomas could write. In the Oxford pubs Dylan enjoyed the company of the older, newly demobbed students, though he was as ever more cagey when. it came to meeting the dons - particularly those who taught English literature. There were regular trips to London, occaSionally to deliver film scripts, more often to broadcast on the recently established Third Programme, where Thomas was now achieving fame and acclaim as a poetry reader and actor.

It was after reading some of his poems to Vernon in Cwmdonkin Drive that Dylan showed him his home-made rhyming dictionary. It was made of folded sheets of brown paper sewn together; and he had compiled it himself, continually adding to it. He called it his 'Doomsday Book'. Up to the end of his life, Thomas was to compile rhyming lists, as the manuscript versions of 'Poem on his Birthday' show, as well as lists of synonyms. It was in London, in a Fitzrovia pub called the Wheatsheaf, that Dylan Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara in April 1936, introduced to her by the famous painter and bohemian figure Augustus John.

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