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Dylan Thomas’ Swansea, Gower and Laugharne

New Edition

Although Dylan Thomas died in 1953, his work has never been out of print, and his notorious life continues to fascinate. Published to commemorate the centenary of Thomas’s birth, this new edition of Dylan Thomas’ Swansea, Gower and Laugharne provides a detailed account of the relationship between Thomas’s life and verse and the three locales in Wales that were most important to him.    
James A. Davies begins his study when Thomas’s father arrives in Swansea and offers background on both the city’s history and literary tradition. A tour of the author’s Swansea follows, in which Davies highlights the places where Thomas grew up and developed his craft, demonstrating how elements of the city made their way into Thomas’s writing. Davies also chronicles Thomas’s time on the Gower Peninsula and in Laugharne, again revealing the impact of each on Thomas’s imagery. Illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, Dylan Thomas’ Swansea, Gower and Laugharne is a unique literary guide that will appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about the geographical and cultural associations found within Thomas’s celebrated poetry.

128 pages | 8 color plates, 13 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014

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Table of Contents



Chronological Summary

I           Swansea – ‘the best place’

            Background – from Jack to ‘D.J.’

            Dylan Thomas’s Swansea

            Dylan Thomas and Swansea’s literary history

            Dylan Thomas’s Swansea – Cwmkonkin, Uplands and Sketty


                        Cwmdonkin Drive

                        5 Cwmkonkin Drive

                        To Sketty via Cwmdonkin Park

                        Cwmkonkin Park

                        To Sketty – via Uplands


            Dylan Thomas’s Swansea – city centre

                        The Dylan Thomas Centre to the Grammar School

                        Kardomah Café

                        Grammar School to 5 Cwmdonkin Drive via Terrace Road

                        Grammar School to 5 Cwmdonkin Drive via Walter Road

                        De la Beche Street to the Bay View Hotel via St Helen’s Road

                        The Dylan Thomas Centre to Mumbles

                        Oystermouth and Mumbles

2          Gower – ‘the loveliest sea-coast’

            Dylan Thomas’s Gower – an introduction

            Dylan Thomas and Gower’s literary history

            Dylan Thomas’s Gower

            Killay to Vennaway Lane

            Langland to Vennaway Lane

            Vennaway Lane to Rhosili


3          Laugharne – ‘this timeless, mild, beguiling island’

            Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne – a brief history

            Laugharne’s literary history

            Dylan thomas and Laugharne

            Laugharne and Under Milk Wood

            Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne

                        Castle car park to ‘Eros’

                        Castle car park to the ‘Boat House’ via Wogan Street

                        Castle car park to the ‘Boat House’ via the Foreshore

                        ‘Work Hut’ and the ‘Boat House’

                        The ‘Boat House’ to St Martin’s Church

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