The Essential Dylan Thomas

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dylan Thomas
Narrator: Philip Madoc , Richard Burton , Richard Bebb , Jason Hughes
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Poetry
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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This varied, well-chosen selection brings onto one CD set the best of Dylan Thomas. Cd's 1 & 2: Historial Recordings-the legendary recording of Under Milk Wood, with Richard Burton and and cast. Also, two radio productions he wrote before that great classic, and poems and stories read by Thomas. Cd's 3 & 4: New Recordings-selected poems including Fern Hill, Do Not Go Gentle, Poem in October. Also, selected stories including The Outing, Peaches, Visit to Grandpa, The Fight and Death Shall Have No Dominion.

Reviews (1)

What a voice!

Written by 19th Century Man from Carbondale, CO on May 31st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you don't like listening to poetry, there are only two reasons: the poem, or the reader. Here you have the perfection of both. Thomas' voice is sublime. And his poems come to life when he reads them. Unlike most books on tape where the narrator often gets in the way, poetry is truly meant to be listened to. This volume is the best. You will only regret that you are renting it and don't own it, so you can listen over and over to them. It makes one sad to think he died so young.

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."