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Record 23686

Reading Experience:

'Let me say that the things that first made me love language and want to work [italics] in [end italics] it and [italics] for [end italics] it were nursery rhymes and folk tales, the Scottish Ballads, a few lines of hymns, the most famous Bible stories and the rhythms of the Bible, Blake's "Songs of Innocence", and the quite incomprehensible magical majesty and nonsense of Shakespeare heard, read, and near murdered in the first forms of my school'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 27 Sep 1921 and 27 Sep 1932
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Swansea
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Dylan Thomas
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 Oct 1914
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: n/a
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23686  
Source - Print  
  Author: Andrew Sinclair
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Dylan the Bard: A life of Dylan Thomas
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 196
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Andrew Sinclair, Dylan the Bard: A life of Dylan Thomas (London, 1999), p. 196,, accessed: 29 November 2023

Additional comments:

These words are Thomas's own from a 'Poetic Manifesto' published in 1961 in "Texas Quarterly"



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