Born on 27 October 1914, Welshman Dylan Thomas left school at age 16 to become a reporter and writer. His most famous poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" , was published in 1952 (read here an analysis of the poem), but his reputation was solidified years earlier. His prose includes Under Milk Wood (1954) and A Child's Christmas in Wales (1955). Dylan Thomas was in high demand for his animated readings, but debt and heavy drinking had bad effects, and he died in New York City while on tour on 9 November 1953, at age 39. Continue reading here.