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Pocket Guide Series, A: Dylan Thomas's Swansea, Gower and Laugharne
James A. Davies
ISBN: 9780708316283 (070831628X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2000
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 186x123 mm, 144 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Pris Llawn: £7.99 
Ein Pris: £3.99 
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Does dim Adolygiad Cwsmer i'r teitl hwn.
Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Cyfeirlyfr poced hylaw a difyr i ardaloedd Abertawe, Gŵyr a Thalacharn, a ddylanwadodd yn drwm ar fywyd a gwaith Dylan Thomas (1914-53), yn cynnwys manylion am leoliadau amrywiol, cysylltiad y bardd â'r lle a'i ddefnydd o'r lleoliad yn ei waith. 11 ffotograff du-a-gwyn a 7 map.

A handy and entertaining literary pocket guide to Swansea, Gower and Laugharne, the three areas which were most influential on the life and work of Dylan Thomas (1914-53), comprising details of various locations, the poet's connection with the place and his use of the place in his work. 11 colour and 28 black-and-white photographs and 7 maps.
Three books are at my hand this week. The first is a doorstopper history of Hitler’s Reich, massively compelling despite the sometimes dire English; the second a history of Welsh outlaws and bandits, with good footnotes and bibliography but no index! The third is James Davies’s gazetteer of Dylan Thomas, which is in flawless English and has a full index, not to mention useful maps and good colour illustrations. It is another in the University Press’s splendid Pocket Guide series, books full of enlightenment about the history, literature, customs, language and place-names of Wales, as well as dealing with Celtic Wales and offering a quiz book on Wales. Indeed, the only fault I can find with this Dylan volume is that it should have been titled Dylan Thomas’s Wales, and have given a little more attention to his time at New Quay, Tal-sarn and have brought in Fern Hill.

It is perhaps unfair on my part to call the book a gazetteer, since although it deals with places in a certain order, and thus involves a minimal amount of repetition, it is not simply a reference book, but highly readable. It is a fund of information on Dylan’s youthful work, his friends and family, constantly referring back to his writings, whether those published during his lifetime or the youthful notebooks and other work only edited and published after his death. To an extent it is an elegy for the Swansea destroyed by the wickedness of the Nazis and the folly of its councillors, a destruction which was continued by the commercial vandalism which closed the Mumbles railway that today would have been a huge tourist earner for the city. A contrast is implied between the ravaged city and the Gower peninsula, which although so small and with such a populous hinterland, has survived the onslaught of mass day-tourism and the search for second homes remarkably well. Laugharne, on the other hand, is comparatively well-preserved thanks to its isolation.

Good play is made of the literary traditions of Swansea and Laugharne, which interested Thomas himself. Through no fault of his own, Dylan Thomas made life virtually impossible for anyone to succeed him in Swansea or Laugharne, since his stamp is so thoroughly imprinted on both places. Any writer now born in Swansea might well think of moving somewhere else as soon as possible, to any of the many Welsh towns which have not yet nurtured a writer of any significance using English. But this is no criticism of James Davies’s valuable and entertaining study.

Gerald Morgan
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
James A. Davies is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Swansea and the author of many articles and books, including Dylan Thomasís Places (1987) and A Reference Companion to Dylan Thomas (1998).
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Although Dylan Thomas died in 1953, his work has never been out of print and his notorious life continues to fascinate. A Pocket Guide: Dylan Thomasís Swansea, Gower and Laugharne provides a detailed account of the relationship between Thomasís life, work and the three places that were most important to him.
Illustrated throughout with photographs and specially drawn maps, this Pocket Guide takes the reader on a tour of the locations intimately connected with Dylan Thomas, outlining the history and literary history of each area as well as Thomasís links with these places and use of them in his work.
The result is a unique literary guide for all those who are interested in Dylan Thomas and the places that shaped him, whether they are visitors to Swansea, Gower or Laugharne, or armchair travellers who would like to know more about the geographical and cultural associations of Thomasís writing.
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