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   FitzGibbons begins with Dylan Thomas's childhood in Wales and makes the point that much of his most famous poetry was written before he was twenty. Early on he began leading a wild life fueled by alcohol. His first love affair with Pamela Hanford Johnson came to an end when she tried to get him to reform. He then met and married Caitlen Macnamara, a woman as wild as he was. They had constant money problems, and after WWII, he came to America to take advantage of the lecture circuit. He was very popular because of his wild man reputation, a reputation he did his best to live up to. He died in New York in November, 1953.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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