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This gathering of all Dylan Thomas's stories, ranging chronologically from the dark, almost surrealistic tales of Thomas's youth to such gloriously rumbustious celebrations of life as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Adventures in the Skin Trade, charts the progress of "The Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive" toward his mastery of the comic idiom.

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Overview

This gathering of all Dylan Thomas's stories, ranging chronologically from the dark, almost surrealistic tales of Thomas's youth to such gloriously rumbustious celebrations of life as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Adventures in the Skin Trade, charts the progress of "The Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive" toward his mastery of the comic idiom.

Here, too, are
stories originally written for radio and television and, in a short
appendix, the schoolboy pieces first published in the Swansea Grammar
School Magazine
. A highpoint of the collection is Thomas's Portrait of
the Artist as a Young Dog
, a vivid collage of memories from his Swansea
childhood that combines the lyricism of his poetry with the sparkle and
sly humor of Under Milk Wood. Also here is the fiction from Quite Early
One Morning
, a collection planned by Thomas shortly before his death.

Altogether there are more than forty stories, providing a rich and
varied literary feast and showing Dylan Thomas in all his intriguing
variety-somber fantasist, joyous word-spinner, comedian of smalltown
Wales. The book includes an entertaining, informative reflection on
Thomas by another Welsh poet and storyteller, Leslie Norris, as well as a
brief listing of publication details by Professor Walford Davies,
editor of Dylan Thomas: Early Prose Works.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“His prose, his images, his stories all pulsate with life, with a beat and a variety that captivate,
invigorate, and clarify.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220453
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 399,043
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

The reputation of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century has not waned in the fifty years since his death. His work, noted for its lush metaphors, musicality, and playfulness within traditional forms, was largely responsible for modernizing poetic verse. Thomas also wrote captivating short stories, a novella, several screenplays and radio plays, as well as his delightful stage play, Under Milk Wood—all infused with his passion for the English language and his enduring love of Wales.
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