Season of Dylan Thomas

Version: Abridged
Author: Dylan Thomas
Narrator: Richard Burton , Sian Philips
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Poetry, Audio Theatre, Drama
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Published In: November 2004
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 40 minutes
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This stunning release includes the highly acclaimed re-make of Dylan's definitive play, Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton and Sian Phillips as the first and second voices. Dylan Thomas's lyrical masterpiece traces the lives of a group of villagers in a tiny Welsh seaport. With words good enough to eat, Dylan Thomas portrays their innermost thoughts from fantastic dreamworlds to waking lives full of a riotous mix of prudery and bawdiness.

Also included is Dylan Thomas at the BBC, the BBC Archives contain a wealth of material featuring Dylan Thomas - not only readings of his own work, but also dramatic readings of other work such as Dr Faustus. These, together with interviews with the poet, form a fascinating audio portrait of a brilliant man. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary since Under Milkwood won the Prix Italia and the 90th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's birth.

Author Details

Author Details

Thomas, Dylan

"Thomas was born in Swansea, in south Wales: his father David, who was a writer and possessed a degree in English, brought his son up to speak English rather than Dylan's mother's native Welsh. Dylan Thomas' middle name, ""Marlais"", came from the bardic name of his uncle, the Unitarian minister, Gwilym Marles (whose real name was William Thomas).

Thomas' childhood was spent largely in Swansea, with regular summer trips to visit his mother's family on their Carmarthen farm. These rural sojourns, and their contrast with the town life of Swansea, would inform much of his work, notably many short stories and radio essays and the poem ""Fern Hill"".

Dylan wrote half his poems - ?And death shall have no dominion? is one of the best known - and many short stories when he lived at no 5 Cwmdonkin Drive. By the time he left the family home in 1934 he was one of the most exciting young poets writing in the English language.

He collapsed at the Hotel Chelsea after drinking heavily while in New York City on a promotional tour and later died at St Vincent's hospital. He was a diabetic and, it is said, not very careful about managing it; in particular, heavy drinking is dangerous for diabetics. Following his death, his body was brought back to Wales for burial in the village churchyard at Laugharne, where he had enjoyed his happiest days. In 1994, his widow, Caitlin, was buried alongside him. Their former home, the Boat House, Laugharne, is now a memorial to Dylan."