"I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . ."
"Welsh lyrical poet best remembered for the radio 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood.
Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, and embarked on a career as a journalist before establishing himself as a poet with the publication of Eighteen Poems in 1934. He married Caitlin Macnamara (1913-94) in 1936, and that same year published a further volume, Twenty-five poems.
Thomas' other work includes an unfinished novel Adevntures in the Skin Trade, (1955), and several collections of short stories, many written originally for radio. But he wrote his three most famous lines in a 1952 poem about his father's brush with death;
"Do not go gentle into that good night Old age should burn and rave at close of day Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
Thomas' best work, especially Under Milk Wood, is almost spell-binding, but he himself was for many years haunted by the spectre of his own poetic deterioration, and he died of an alcohol-induced brain haemorrhage during an American reading tour."