The Doctor and the Devils: And Other Scripts
The Doctor and the Devils is the scenario for a feature-length film. This tale of murder is based on the famous case of the Scottish body-snatchers Burke and Hare, who thrilled newspaper readers in the mid-nineteenth century and whose crimes are still relished among homicide buffs today. Giving full reign to the macabre, Thomas created characters and an atmosphere worthy of his best short stories.
There are also other Thomas scripts: his unfinished screen adaptation of Maurice O'Sullivan's autobiographical memoir Twenty Years A-Coming, with a synopsis of Thomas's probable approach to its completion; a short radio play, produced by the BBC in 1946 and directly related to the later Under Milk Wood; with an essay in which Ralph Maud traces the textual relationship; and a group of captions in verse for photographs in the British magazine Lilliput.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
January 17, 1970
5.2 X 0.66 X 7.94 inches | 0.56 pounds
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About the Author
Dylan Thomas, born in Swansea in 1914, is perhaps Wales' best-known writer, widely considered to be one of the major poets of the 20th century: many of his greatest poems, such as "Fern Hill" and "'Do not go gentle into that good night"' are beloved and widely studied. As well as poetry, Dylan Thomas wrote numerous short stories and scripts for film and radio-none more popular than his radio play Under Milk Wood. He led a fascinating and tempestuous life, which ended all too soon in 1953 when he collapsed and died in New York City shortly after his 39th birthday.
Thomas's superb visual sense supplies object, detail, nuance and builds these into moods that cry for picturization.... The technical brilliant reminds us..of the silence death has imposed on a voice that could speak so eloquently in so many forms.--John Malcolm Brinnin