Dylan Thomas - The Timeline

Although quite short, Dylan's life was also very eventful. Here we chart some of the major milestones in his life.


1914

Dylan Marlais Thomas born at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea

1920

1925

Dylan a pupil at Swansea Grammar School where his father teaches English
Dylan's Song of a Mischievous Dog published in school mag, which he later edits

1927

Dylan's poem His Requiem appears in Wales' Western Mail newspaper

1929

One of Dylan's couplets is quoted in London magazine Everyman
Dylan's essay Modern Poetry is published in the school magazine

1930

Dylan begins the first of his notebooks containing his poetry

1931

Dylan leaves school to become a reporter on the South Wales Daily Post

1932

Dylan leaves his job but continues as a freelance journalist

1933

And Death Shall Have No Dominion is published in the New English Weekly
Dylan's first visit to London at the age of 19

1934

Dylan's first visit to Laugharne
Dylan moves to London
Dylan's first volume of poetry - 18 Poems - is published

1936

Dylan moves to Cornwall and meets Caitlin Macnamara
Dylan's second collection of poems (Twenty-Five Poems) is published

1937

Dylan makes his first radio broadcast Life And The Modern Poet
Dylan and Caitlin are married in Penzance, Cornwall

1938

Dylan begins negotiations for publication of his work in America
Dylan & Caitlin move to his parents' house in Swansea
Dylan and Caitlin move to Laugharne

1939

The couple's first son, Llewelyn, is born
A collection of poems and prose, The Map Of Love, is published
The World I Breathe becomes Thomas' first collection published in America

1940

Dylan leaves Laugharne to move to London
Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog is published
Dylan begins writing war propaganda film scripts

1942

From in Memory of Anne Jones published

1943

New Poems published
Dylan's Daughter Aeronwy is born in London, named after the Aeron River

1944

The family moves to Bosham in Sussex
The family moves to New Quay in Cardigan Bay
Dylan records Quite Early One Morning for the BBC Welsh Home Service

1945

Dylan records Memories of Christmas for the BBC Welsh Service Children's Hour

1946

Deaths And Entrances which contains Fern Hill is published
Selected Writings is published in America

1948

Dylan stays in Llangain with his father, while Dylan's mother Florence is in hospital

1949

Dylan and family move to the Boat House in Laugharne
Dylan's son Colm is born in Carmarthen Hospital

1950

Twenty Six Poems delivered to Dents

1951

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night published in Bottega Oscure

1952

Second American tour with Caitlin joining him
Dylan's first recording for Caedmon Records
In Country Sleep is published in America
Collected Poems 1934-1952 is published
Dylan's father dies at the age of 76

1953

Dylan's third American tour
Leaves for final US tour and delivers Under Milk Wood to BBC
Dylan's 39th birthday
Dylan drinks increasingly to cope with stress and worry
Falls into coma following NY doctors injection
Caitlin Thomas flies to New York
Dylan dies at St Vincent's Hospital, New York aged 39