Dylan Thomas by Andrew Lycett audiobook

Dylan Thomas: A New Life

By Andrew Lycett
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In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas—author of Under Milkwood, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog, and numerous poems and stories—Andrew Lycett peels back the layers of story that have accumulated around this extraordinarily talented writer, one of the most celebrated and contradictory literary figures of the twentieth century. Lycett uses as his overwhelming motif the deeply ambivalent forces in Thomas’ life—“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me” said Thomas—that allowed him to be a wild boy in public and a poet of deep sensitivity in private, and helped him to bridge the gap between modernism and pop, the written and the spoken word, individual art and performance art.

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Summary

Summary

In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas—author of Under Milkwood, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog, and numerous poems and stories—Andrew Lycett peels back the layers of story that have accumulated around this extraordinarily talented writer, one of the most celebrated and contradictory literary figures of the twentieth century.

Lycett uses as his overwhelming motif the deeply ambivalent forces in Thomas’ life—“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me” said Thomas—that allowed him to be a wild boy in public and a poet of deep sensitivity in private, and helped him to bridge the gap between modernism and pop, the written and the spoken word, individual art and performance art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A colorful and poignant tale.” Time
“A disturbing and impressive book about a sad man, a tragic man, a drunkard, a lovable cad, a Welshman, and a poetic genius…Lycett approaches the task with thoroughness, scholarship, and true humanity.” New Statesman (London)
“An absorbing page-turner.” Herald
“Astonishingly detailed, deeply and expertly researched, and captivatingly written…Lycett’s biography is, frankly, stunning.” Literary Review (London)
“Lycett’s new biography…[is] told here with thoroughness and impartiality.” Publishers Weekly
“Lycett takes just the right tone in this vital and penetrating portrait of the quintessential bad-boy poet, the passionately brilliant and fatally boozy Welshman Thomas, by eschewing reverent mythologizing for respectful accuracy…Incisive…Masterful…Lycett’s engrossing biography illuminates the paradoxes of Thomas’ life and recognizes the ‘indefinable spark of divinity’ that drives his vigorous and transcendent writing.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Andrew Lycett

Author Bio: Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett received a history degree from Oxford University before becoming a journalist at the Sunday Times (London), where he served as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East. He has written acclaimed biographies on Ian Fleming, Dylan Thomas, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Muammar Qaddafi, and Rudyard Kipling. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 18.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English