托马斯1914年出生于斯沃西（Swansea)，他曾形容这里是『曲线曼妙的海岸』，后来又宣称『这片海是我的世界』(This sea was my world)，并在《作为一条小狗的艺术家画像》(Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog)里描述他早年的经历。游客可追随作者年轻时的足迹，了解他的生平事迹，亦可参观狄兰•托马斯中心，观赏有关作者的常设展览。
沿狄兰•托马斯路(Dylan Thomas Trail)向西，可到达高尔半岛(Gower Peninsula)，优悠漫步于这里的黄金沙滩之上。高尔半岛是英国首个官方认可的「杰出自然美景区」，这里的若西莉海湾(Rhossili Bay)常常令狄兰•托马斯流连忘返，他曾写道『何不让我们永远、永远、永远居住于此』。风景秀丽的Tywi谷亦曾留下作者孩童时的美好回忆，有诗《Fern Hill》为证。
现时，度假者仍可在此找寻到保持原始风貌的冒险乐园：在斯沃西四周攀岩、漫步海滩；在海湾享受刺激的冲浪快感；坐在岩石上垂钓，骑马周游高尔半岛；或者，骑上单车沿塞尔特步道（Celtic Trail）和Clyne Valley 单车径在岛上漫游。
托马斯亦曾居住在爱尔兰、牛津、汉普郡及伦敦。不过，他最终定居于斯沃西海滨的Laugharne，即他的著名广播剧《Under Milk Wood》中的Llareggub。他『在岩石断口之上随大海飘摇的家』——Boat Shed，现已成为文化遗产中心，在此亦可深入了解作者的生平和著作。
Dylan Thomas was born in Wales in 1914. He was a neurotic, sickly child who shied away from school and preferred reading on his own; he read all of D. H. Lawrence's poetry, impressed by Lawrence's descriptions of a vivid natural world. Fascinated by language, he excelled in English and reading, but neglected other subjects and dropped out of school at sixteen. His first book, Eighteen Poems, was published to great acclaim when he was twenty. Thomas did not sympathize with T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden's thematic concerns with social and intellectual issues, and his writing, with its intense lyricism and highly charged emotion, has more in common with the Romantic tradition. Thomas first visited America in January 1950, at the age of thirty-five. His reading tours of the United States, which did much to popularize the poetry reading as new medium for the art, are famous and notorious, for Thomas was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American imagination: he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth of feeling. He became a legendary figure, both for his work and the boisterousness of his life. Tragically, he died from alcoholism at the age of 39 after a particularly long drinking bout in New York City in 1953.
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