By Sean Ledwith in Britain:
‘Do not go gentle’
Thursday 6th November 2014
2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth. SEAN LEDWITH looks at the radical, and neglected, politics of the great Welsh poet and writer
Numerous radio and television programmes are appearing this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas.
Earlier this year, a fictionalised BBC film of his last few days perpetuated the most popular conception of Thomas as a phenomenal drinker and philanderer who also happened to be quite good at knocking out the odd bit of verse.
The film chose to depict the legendary story of Thomas’s last words — “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies… I think that’s the record” — even though recent scholarship indicates the…
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