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Dylan Thomas Final Trip to America Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea Wales on October 27 1914 He died November 9th 1953 in New York City In only 39 years Dylan Thomas left an indelible mark on history Thomas published numerous books of his poetry plays short stories and various other works He first toured America in early 1950 reading at a variety of public forums This tour was very successful and Thomas fell in love with America a romance that would bring his end just more than three years later This first lecture tour of three months was a roaring success or roaring and a success Sinclair 166 Thomas gave great lectures on this tour but more importantly he discovered New York City New York seemed to egg him on Ferris 232 Dylan grew fond of some of the seedier Irish bars of Third Avenue and particularlythe White Horse Tavern Sinclair 164 Dylan was even forced to leave his hotel because of drunkenness Ferris 232 Thomas had gained a reputation of being a heavy drinker and he wasnt ready to disappoint his American followers Dylan lived up to his roistering and shocking reputation while turning in some of his greatest performances as a lecturer Sinclair 166 He was loudly applauded Ferris wrote His rich voice overcame any problems of meaning People frequently said that Thomas way of reading made them understand poems for the first time but it may be under the influence of his voice the literal meaning of a poem became irrelevant 233 After only two readings in New York Dylan moved on to tour the rest of the country Thomas moved west stopping in major cities all over America to lecture by day and drink by night Tales of his growing dependence on alcohol preceded him The quality of Dylans lectures deteriorated as he moved west on his tour of American bars For the final five weeks of his
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