ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE by Dylan Thomas

ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Quite Early One Morning (see report P. 720- last Fall) and Under Milk Wood, thought in November 1953 to be his last work, have both proved that Dylan Thomas' fame is surviving his death, and that it is not confined to his verse. Now comes this collection of stories, presenting some pieces that have appeared in obscure ""little magazines"", some that have seen no publication in the United States, three never published anywhere, and a good half not included in any book publication. They stem back to the mood of lands of Dylan Thomas' imagining, and to his roots in Welsh lore. The title story, termed by the author a ""novel-in- progress"", regales with the encounters of Sam Bennet, who comes to London to have things happen to him and claims he can count the straws in his hair with one hand. The imaginary lands of Llareggub and the Jarvis Hills put in frequent appearance; the witchery of changelings and friends of darkness intrude on mortal doings. And the clergyman struggles against the dark Owens in still other tales. Death, love, madness, crucifixion, powers, nature are woven into the fiery witchcloth of Thomas' writing.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1955
ISBN: 081120202X
Publisher: New Directions