October, 27 - Dylan Marlais Thomas born at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea
Enters the Swansea Grammar School
Publishes his first poem: The Song Of The Mischievous Dog
Leaves school and becomes junior reporter for The South Wales Daily Post
Leaves The South Wales Daily Post and joins Swansea's Little Theatre Company
First poem published in the New English Weekly: And Death Shall Have No Dominion
First visit to London, where he stays with his sister Nancy and visits editors of literary magazines
First poem published in Poet's Corner of the Sunday Referee: That Sanity Be Kept
Starts a correspondence with Pamela Hansford Johnson
Second visit to London, where he stays with Pamela Hansford Johnson who becomes a benefactor and a friend for life
Takes lodgings in London
Wins Book Prize of the Poet's Corner
December 18 - Publication of his first book: Eighteen Poems
Meets Caitlin Macnamara at the Wheatsheaf Pub
September 10 - Publication of Twenty-Five Poems
April 21 - First broadcast for BBC Radio: Life and the Modern Poet
July 11 - Marries Caitlin Macnamara
August - Moves to Bay View, Laugharne
Participates in "The Modern Muse" with W.H.Auden for BBC Radio
January 30 - Llewellyn Edouard (son) born
Publication of The Map of Love
The World I Breathe published in the United States
Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog published in Britain and the U.S.
Dylan and Caitlin move back to London
Finds work as script-writer for films with the Strand Film Company
March 3 - Aeronwy Bryn (daughter) born
Awarded The Levinson Prize by Poetry Magazine
Publication of Deaths And Entrances
Selected Writings Of Dylan Thomas published in the U.S.
The Society of Authors awards a scholarship to visit Italy
Dylan and Caitlin travel to Italy; in Florence Dylan writes In Country Sleep
Dylan's new short story Return Journey broadcasted for BBC Radio
Trip to Prague as a guest of the Czechoslovak writers union
Moves back to Wales, where they live in The Boat House, Laugharne
July 24 - Colm Garan (son) born
First lecture tour in the U.S.
In Iran, writing a film script for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
Writes Lament, Poem On His Birthday, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and the first part of Under Milk Wood
Second lecture tour in the U.S.
Collected Poems published in Britain and the U.S.
Publication of The Doctor And The Devils
Third lecture tour in the United States; first stage performance of Under Milk Wood in New York
October 19 - last public engagement in New York
November 5 - Dylan collapses at the Chelsea Hotel
November 9 - Dylan dies at St Vincent's Hospital, New York
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Acknowledgements: Constantine FitzGibbon, The Life Of Dylan Thomas © 1965; Annis Pratt, Dylan Thomas' Early Prose: A Study In Creative Mythology © 1970; Andrew Sinclair, Dylan Thomas © 1975; Paul Ferris, Dylan Thomas - A Biography © 1977; John Ackerman, Welsh Dylan © 1979; Susan Richardson, The Legacy Of Dylan Thomas In Wales © 2000; Joan Gooding, Britain's Last Romantic Poet: Dylan Thomas © 2000.