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Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a set of particularly commissioned essays celebrating the poet's existence and paintings, and exploring his lasting legacy. Edited through his granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, the ebook is prepared thematically and contains a wealth of fabric: essays from famous biographers reminiscent of David Thomas and Clive Woosnam discover Thomas's lasting legacy either at domestic and overseas, and Welsh poet laurete Gillian Clark displays at the effect of the seminal "play for voices," less than Milk Wood. The e-book additionally comprises an essays by means of poet Owen Shears and BBC Radio 6 presenter Cerys Matthews, in addition to a variety of stories and poems from the likes of former president Jimmy Carter, Phillip Pullman, and actor Michael Sheen.

Dylan Thomas used to be born in Swansea in 1914. turning into a journalist after leaving tuition at sixteen, he stuck the eye of the literary global with "Light breaks the place no solar shines" in 1934. In 1937 he married Caitlin Macnamara, and their dating used to be documented within the 2008 movie The fringe of Love. In the Nineteen Fifties, Thomas travelled to the US, gaining popularity via his readings. In 1953 he turned gravely in poor health in big apple and fell right into a coma from which he didn't recuperate. there are many theories surrounding his dying, even though such a lot suppose he died of alcohol poisoning.

With a foreword by way of comic and previous Monty Python's Terry Jones, Dylan Thomas: A Centenary get together is a wealthy and private mirrored image at the lasting legacy of Britain's maximum poet.

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