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The Death of the King's Canary

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In 1948, Dylan Thomas had plans to write a book, a novel concerning the assassination of a Poet Laureate: "I'd like to make it the detective story to end detective stories," he wrote to a friend, "introducing blatantly every character and situation-- inevitable Chinaman, secret passages--that no respectable writer would dare use now, drag hundreds of red herrings, false ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 30th 1978 by Penguin Books (first published 1976)
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Lark
Feb 01, 2011 Lark rated it liked it
On November 3, 1953, Dylan Thomas drank 18 straight whiskeys at a bar called the White Horse in New York City and died. Having found a little book shop called The White Horse on my roadtrip from Houston to Boston, I thought it appropriate to pick up a Thomas, and I had it done by my first week of school.
This is a parody of William Empson’s “Request to Leda,” and is a mock-detective novel satirizing modern British poetry and poets. The book, which might well have laid Thomas and Davenport open to
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Jul 24, 2014 Initially NO rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, novellas
A 144 page collaborative novella of nup.
What a lot of tosh and don’t bother, frat boyhood misogyny mostly. If there is humour, it has gone so out-of-date that it makes sense only to those who are intensely engrained with poets/artists of the 1940s.
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Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet who wrote in English. He is regarded by many as one of the 20th century's most influential poets.

In addition to poetry, Thomas also wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio, with the latter frequently performed by Thomas himself. His public readings, particularly in America, won him great acclaim; his booming, at times ostentatious, voice with a subt
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