A Child's Christmas In Wales: And Five Poems

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First recorded in February of 1952, this remastered recording of Dylan Thomas reading his A Child's Christmas in Wales recalls all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a long-ago-Christmas.

Thomas's wonderful recollection of this holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in this vivid performance. Also included are five other selected poems read by Dylan Thomas, including his well-known Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

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Overview

First recorded in February of 1952, this remastered recording of Dylan Thomas reading his A Child's Christmas in Wales recalls all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a long-ago-Christmas.

Thomas's wonderful recollection of this holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in this vivid performance. Also included are five other selected poems read by Dylan Thomas, including his well-known Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

Whether sharing his wistful memory of a holiday spent with people long past, or addressing the perennial problem of our mortality, Thomas gives us great pleasure in our personal and common memories while affirming life with a resounding "Yes!"

Contents:
A Child's Christmas in Wales
And five poems: Fern Hill; Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night; In The White Giant's Thigh; Balad of the Long-Legged Bait; Ceremony After a Fire Raid

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"December, in my memory, is as white as Lapland," Thomas recalls, reading a line from "A Child's Christmas in Wales." For the poet, December also bursts with "deadly snowballs," "blue knuckles" and snow that "grows overnight on the roofs of houses." Although phrases like these are beautiful on their own, hearing Thomas speak them adds a magnificent melancholy. He recorded these six pieces in New York City in 1952, and they've been remastered and collected into one wonderful package. In the title story, Thomas marvels at winter's quirky delights: presents and holiday sweets (including candy cigarettes), snow boots and footprints, aunts who lace their tea with rum, wind rustling through the trees, family music recitals and caroling (Thomas even sings a line or two of Good King Wenceslas). His Welsh-accented voice rises and falls as he reads the evocative tale of his own long-ago Christmas. Thomas performs the other selections-"Fern Hill," "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," "In the White Giant's Thigh," "Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait" and "Ceremony After a Fire Raid"-with an equally vibrant and powerful voice. While they don't conjure up the same wintry images as the lead piece, they marvelously round out this lovely assemblage. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Talking Book Reviews
“Thomas single-handedly revived poetry as a spoken word art”
Denver Post
“It’s always wonderful to hear an author read his own work - think Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641775628
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/12/2002
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, Cassette
  • Edition number: 50
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales on 27 October 1914. In 1934 his first book of poetry, Eighteen Poems appeared, followed by Twenty-five Poems in 1936, Deaths and Entrances in 1946 and in 1952 his final volume, Collected Poems. He also published many short stories, wrote filmscripts, broadcast stories and talks, did a series of lecture tours in the United States and wrote Under Milkwood, the radio play.

During his fourth lecture tour of the United States in 1953, a few days after his 39th birthday, he collapsed in his New York hotel and died on November 9th at St. Vincent's Hospital. His body was sent back to Laugharne, Wales, where his grave is marked by a simple wooden cross.

In June 1994, his wife, Caitlin Thomas, died in Italy, where she had spent most of the years of her life after the death of Dylan Thomas. Her body is buried next to his.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    A Masterpiece

    I first became acquainted with A Child's Christmas In Wales when I watched the movie starring Denholm Elliot. I was captivated from the very first word spoken and have loved reading and listening to this tale ever since. A Child's Christmas In Wales is a work of art. Dylan Thomas' choice of words paint a picture of the time and place in a way to make you savor every word of the tale. Reading A Child's Christmas In Wales is a treat, listening to the audio version is a feast.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    This recording will transport back to a very special time &

    This recording will transport back to a very special time & place. A time & place that the world will see no more. This really puts the magic back in Christmas. Beautiful masterpiece this is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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