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Dylan Thomas acquired instant fame as a very young man in the 1930s when his earliest poems were published. Throughout his short life he turned out journalistic hack work and reviews; as well as poetry he published short stories and essays. His most famous work is his radio drama Under Milk Wood, about the inhabitants of an imaginary Welsh village.
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27 October 1914 DT, Welsh poet, was born in the front bedroom of the still unfinished house at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, West Glamorgan (an address he later made famous). He was the much younger of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 December 1934 Dylan Thomas published his first book, 18 Poems; it made his name. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 May 1953 DT's Under Milk Wood had its first reading, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. The script was still unfinished. Thomas himself took the role of narrator. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 November 1953 DT, Welsh poet, died of pneumonia in St Vincent's, a private hospital in New York run by Roman Catholic nuns. He had been in a deep coma for four or five days. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 January 1954 Three months after Dylan Thomas's death, his dramatic poem or radio play Under Milk Wood was first broadcast. He had himself had participated in readings of it in the USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
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