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By John Ackerman

'...continuously illuminating and a true excitement to read...John Ackerman presents what needs to be the main complete and balanced account of the fellow and his work.' John Haris, Planet 'As nature is all we've, and all i'm is a guy, i am really attracted to guy and nature' declared Dylan Thomas in 1952, and the position of nature is the main concentration within the interpretation of the poetry during this publication. Nature is noticeable as an important either in choosing his poetic originality and the pantheistic imaginative and prescient of his later paintings. The publication offers the 1st precise account of Thomas's occupation and improvement as a prose author, commenting on his paintings in movies, on radio, in addition to his tales and letters.

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The studio had a glass roof, so it was always a relief as well as a pleasure to leave wartime London with its threat of air-raids. A 30 Dylan Thomas's Life vividly encapsulated vignette of the danger of German rockets in 1944 is humorously evoked in Gwen Watkins's story of Dylan and Vernon Watkins dodging falling V2s in a London taxi, a trembling Dylan anxious he might be found dead with his copy of Reveille open at the pin-ups page but Vernon seriously declaring he'd be all right 'because I always carry Kierkegaard in my pocket'7o - a remark Dylan was to remember and use in his later broadcast talk 'A Visit to America'.

44 May we not anticipate Dylanesque rhythms and images here ('motion as steep as the sky', 'leaves from a vertical flower')? While the strangely compelling line '1 lay under the currant trees and told the beady berries about Jesus' certainly has that weird and original blend of solipsistic sensuousness and faux-naif religiosity that characterises the early stories. I would think that the seeds of Dylan Thomas's early poetic style and also of both his sensuously primitive and inventively comic prose styles may have been rooted in the verbal experiments and imaginative fantasies of the language games of two unusually gifted adolescent schoolboys.

But the film was suppressed by the Ministry of Information! During the war this work not only provided Thomas with a regular income for once in his life, but also helped him to develop as a prose writer in such areas as broadcasting, where a clear narrative flow and quick and vivid evocation of character and place were necessary. While working on films Thomas lived in various parts of London, but he also had the freedom to write his scripts in safer rural Wales during the bombing, should he so choose.

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