Dylan Thomas


1914

7 October: Dylan Marlais Thomas is born in Swansea, South Wales.

1925

DT Becomes a pupil at Swansea Grammar School, where his father teaches English.

December 1925

DT's first poem is published in the school magazine, which he later edits.

1927

The poem "His Requiem" appears in Wales' Western Mail newspaper.

1930

DT begins the first of four notebooks containing his poetry.

1931

DT leaves school to become a reporter for the South Wales Evening Post.

1932

DT leaves his job at the Evening Post, though he continues as a freelance journalist.

1933

March: "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" is published in the New English Weekly.

1934

DT moves to London.

1934

DT's first poetry volume, 18 Poems, is published.

1936

DT moves to Cornwall. Meets Caitlin Macnamara.

1936

His second poem collection, Twenty-five Poems, is published.

1937

21 April: DT makes his first radio broadcast, "Life And The Modern Poet."

1937

11 July: Marries Caitlin Macnamara in Penzance, Cornwall.

1938

April: The couple move to his parents' house in Swansea.

May: They move to Laugharne.

1939

30 January: The couple's first son, Llewelyn, is born.

August: A collection of poems and prose, The Map Of Love, is published.

December: The World I Breathe becomes DT's first collection published in America.

1940

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog, a collection of autobiographical short stories, is published.

July: Leaves Laugharne to move to London. The family moves between London and Wales frequently during the war.

October: Begins writing film scripts for the Strand Film Company.

1943

3 March: Daughter Aeronwy is born in London. She is named after Cardiganshire's Aeron river.

September: The family joins his parents at Llangain, near the Fernhill farm which later inspires the poem "Fern Hill."

1944

February: The family moves to Bosham in Sussex.

September: The family moves to New Quay in Cardigan Bay.

14 December: Records "Quite Early One Morning," a predecessor of "Under Milk Wood," in London for the BBC Welsh Home Service.

1945

6 December: Records "Memories Of Christmas" for the BBC Welsh Service Children's Hour.

1946

February: The poetry collection Deaths And Entrances, which contains "Fern Hill," is published.

1946

Selected Writings is published in America.

1949

24 July: Son Colm is born in Carmarthen Hospital.

1950

February: DT begins his first American lecture tour.

1952

DT does a second American tour, with Caitlin.

1952

February: DT's collection In Country Sleep is published in America.

10 November: Collected Poems 1934-1952 is published in Britain.

1953

April-June: Third American tour.

9 October: Leaves Laugharne for the final American tour.

27 October: DT's 39th birthday.

October-November: Goes on a sustained drinking binge in New York.

4 November: Falls into a coma.

7 November: Caitlin flies to New York.

9 November: DT dies at St Vincent's Hospital, New York.

 

I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.