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Few poets have excited such extremes of admiration & hostility as Dylan Thomas, the Welshman who was perhaps the greatest lyric poet of the 20th Century. This authoritative biography is based on a wealth of previously unpublished material (including 2 poems) gathered by the author in more than 200 interviews & extensive research in the UK & USA. With 25 b/w illustrations.


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Few poets have excited such extremes of admiration & hostility as Dylan Thomas, the Welshman who was perhaps the greatest lyric poet of the 20th Century. This authoritative biography is based on a wealth of previously unpublished material (including 2 poems) gathered by the author in more than 200 interviews & extensive research in the UK & USA. With 25 b/w illustrations.

30 review for Dylan Thomas a Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lewis

    Excellent for the most part - even-handed, calm and judicious. Only complaint would be almost total lack of historical and social context in favour of over-quotation from almost identical letters to his wife (Ferris also edited the collected letters, and it shows).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pete daPixie

    Paul Ferris's biography of Thomas, revised since the original publication first appeared in 1977, is revealing, poignant, funny and an excellent insight into the life and times of the 'Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin'. I've loved Dylan Thomas's work for very many years but known next to nothing of the man and his life. Ferris has done a great job. His treatment of the poet's life and work is sympathetic and well balanced, as is the authors 'Dylan Thomas at the BBC' a two cd collection from the BBC archives Paul Ferris's biography of Thomas, revised since the original publication first appeared in 1977, is revealing, poignant, funny and an excellent insight into the life and times of the 'Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin'. I've loved Dylan Thomas's work for very many years but known next to nothing of the man and his life. Ferris has done a great job. His treatment of the poet's life and work is sympathetic and well balanced, as is the authors 'Dylan Thomas at the BBC' a two cd collection from the BBC archives, which is written and introduced by Ferris. Thomas certainly built up the myths and legends in his short lifetime and this book, superbly researched, sifts the facts from the fictions. However, the bards death in New York in 1953 remains somewhat mysterious. Why was he injected with morphine in his hotel room at the Chelsea Hotel? Why was he being tailed by a private eye, hired by Time Life? Why did it take so long to get him into St.Vincents hospital? Why was the post mortem a sham? We'll never know as the answers have followed Dylan to the grave.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    I am not much a biography reader but I have always been fascinated by Dylan Thomas. His life reads as a novel. It shows the facets of him as a poet, artist and tortured soul. It seems that this is the way of all who walk down that road. I love the fact that he read Shakespeare to his children and that enabled him to read better. I have started to read poetry to my own children. The cadences, rhythms and rhymes soothe children and they love the repetition. It was a pretty good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Quite interesting, but very dated. Ferris makes quite a few mentions of Caitlin going to hospital to have 'her' baby as if Dylan Thomas had nothing to do with the pregnancy. There's no discussion or analysis of what having children meant to Thomas. Allowing for the fact that Ferris points out that many tales of Dylan Thomas's escapades are untrue, he comes across as an unlikable man - a real drain on anyone who befriended him. I was surprised at how little Ferris discusses Under Milk Wood. Not a Quite interesting, but very dated. Ferris makes quite a few mentions of Caitlin going to hospital to have 'her' baby as if Dylan Thomas had nothing to do with the pregnancy. There's no discussion or analysis of what having children meant to Thomas. Allowing for the fact that Ferris points out that many tales of Dylan Thomas's escapades are untrue, he comes across as an unlikable man - a real drain on anyone who befriended him. I was surprised at how little Ferris discusses Under Milk Wood. Not a bad biography but definitely left me wanting to find out more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi Baker

    Great poet and reader of poetry. But a horrible man.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clemmi

    I really enjoyed this book about Dylan Thomas. I have always been a huge fan of his work, but this book did a wonderful job of bringing his life to light.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    OK, so I got really into the Dylan Thomas thing. I was 24!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Frankie Smith

    poetry poverty.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This book was okay, but kind of boring. I think I prefer just reading his poetry to learning all the intricate (and frequently depressing) details of his life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe Mossa

    a very difficult read about a person who was not a very good man and i wonder if he was a good poet. he was more interested in women and drinking than poetry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megelza

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tad Moore

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shanon Roslyn

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mystical

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Zegers

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dina

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lilah Mae Thorne

  18. 5 out of 5

    sosser

  19. 4 out of 5

    Simon Jobson

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Williams

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brennig Davies

  22. 5 out of 5

    Co2

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

  25. 4 out of 5

    TheGirlWhoLivedUpstairs

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alistair Hunter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike Brecon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Balbir Singh

  30. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

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