Picture of Dylan Thomas statue in Dylan Thomas Square, Swansea, Wales; poet, twentieth century Welsh Literature and poetry
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Dylan Thomas in Llareggub
On this day in 1954, Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood was published in England; coming out just four months after his death in New York, it was an immediate best seller. Thomas's lifelong ambivalence towards Wales -- "Land of my fathers. My fathers can keep it"-- is maintained in the play, his Laugharne becoming the imaginary village of Llareggub, or "bugger-all" backwards.

 

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