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The Classic: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

12/12/2018

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a piece of prose by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas recorded by Thomas in 1952. Emerging from an earlier piece he wrote for BBC Radio, the work is an anecdotal reminiscence of a Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. It is one of Thomas’s most popular works.

As with his poetry, A Child’s Christmas in Wales does not have a tight narrative structure but instead uses descriptive passages in a fictionalised autobiographical style, designed to create an emotive sense of the nostalgia Thomas is intending to evoke, remembering a Christmas from the viewpoint of the author as a young boy. Thomas searches for a nostalgic belief in Christmases past, for example with, “It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas”, furthering his idyllic memory of childhood by describing the snow as being better and more exciting than the snow experienced as an adult. The comedic dissertation, with exaggerated characters for comedic effect, show how childhood memories are enlarged through youthful interpretation.

Historical Note

Thomas’ original 1952 recording of A Child’s Christmas in Wales was a 2008 selection for the United States National Recording Registry, stating that it is “credited with launching the audiobook industry in the United States”

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