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Under Milk Wood: Introduction
Under Milk Wood: Plot Summary
Under Milk Wood: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Under Milk Wood: Themes
Under Milk Wood: Quotes
Under Milk Wood: Characters
Under Milk Wood: Symbols
Under Milk Wood: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Dylan Thomas
Historical Context of Under Milk Wood
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- Full Title: Under Milk Wood
- When Written: Thomas began developing the styles and ideas he would employ in the final version of Under Milk Wood as early as the 1930s.
- Where Written: Wales
- When Published: 1954
- Literary Period: 20th Century
- Genre: Radio Drama
- Setting: Llareggub, a fictitious seaside village in Wales
- Climax: Under Milk Wood doesn’t follow the structure of a conventional narrative and has no climax
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Under Milk Wood
At the Movies. The first film adaptation of Under Milk Wood was released in 1972 and featured performances by Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter O’Toole. The filming occurred in Fishguard, Wales, and this choice was criticized by citizens of Laugharne, where Thomas had written some of the play, who felt that filming should have taken place there.
At a Loss for Words. Thomas lost his completed manuscript of Under Milk Wood in October 1953, right as he was about to travel to the U.S. to give readings of the play. Douglas Cleverdon, who produced the play for the BBC, possessed copies of the completed work, but Thomas’ blunder sent Cleverdon on a wild goose chase to track down the original manuscript, thought he eventually did find it—in a London pub.