Happy Birthday, Dylan Thomas

Today marks the 100th birthday of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated young poets. His poignant poems about death, lost innocence, and memory such as “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” (1951) engaged a huge variety of readers and listeners alike—from Beatle John Lennon, who placed his portrait on the iconic cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, to modernist poet T.S. Elliot, whose support helped publish his first collection of poetry.

Check out the Special Collections exhibition “Dylan Thomas at 100” for some great items from our print and manuscript collections.


Dylan Thomas directing a rehearsal of “Under Milk Wood” at the 92nd St. YM-YWHA Poetry Center,  May 1953. Photograph by Rollie McKenna. MSS 103 John Malcolm Brinnin papers.




Maureen Cech

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