Dylan Thomas


Charles Asher Kim Lewis English 112 April 30, 2000 ' Final Trip to America Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales on October 27, 1914. He died November 9th, 1953 in New York City. In only 39 years, left an indelible mark on history. Thomas published numerous books of his poetry, plays, short stories, and various other works. He first toured America in early 1950, reading at a variety of public forums. This tour was very successful and Thomas fell in love with America, a romance that would bring his end just more than three years later. "This first lecture tour of three months was a roaring success, or roaring and a success" (Sinclair, 166). Thomas gave great lectures on this ...

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his greatest performances as a lecturer" (Sinclair, 166). "He was loudly applauded," Ferris wrote, "His rich voice overcame any problems of meaning. People frequently said that Thomas' way of reading made them understand poems for the first time; but it may be under the influence of his voice, the literal meaning of a poem became irrelevant" (233). After only two readings in New York, Dylan moved on to tour the rest of the country. Thomas moved west stopping in major cities all over America to lecture by day and drink by night. Tales of his growing dependence on alcohol preceded him. The quality of Dylan's lectures deteriorated as he moved west on his tour of American bars. For the final five weeks of his visit to America, Thomas returned to New York (Ferris, 248). Dylan described his last two weeks in New York as a "liquid, libidinous fortnight" (Ferris, 250). Thomas admitted to having three affairs during the trips (Ferris, 250). He left for home on June 1st, 1950. When Thomas ...

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was suffering from many ailments, several pulmonary in nature (Ferris, 287). Despite all of this, needing money, Thomas agreed to tour America for a third time (Ferris, 288). He left on April 21, 1953. Thomas soon began an affair with a woman he was working with named Liz Reitell (Ferris, 289). Dylan was receiving opportunities in America, but was "finding it difficult to produce anything at all" (Ferris, 291). Reitell and Thomas fell in love and Liz soon became worried about his drinking problem. He fell down a staircase while drunk and broke his arm. Reitell took him to see Dr. Milton Feltenstein who set his broken bone and treated him for illnesses held over from England (Ferris, ...

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