"Tindall has written the dearest and closest explication de texte of Dylan Thomas yet offered . . .. It can be said [that Dylan Thomas has] found in Professor Tindall his finest interpreter, most enthusiastic champion."—Booklist
"This book is for holding in one hand while holding the Collected Works in the other. Following the order of the poems in the aforementioned volume, Tindall has prepared precise, detailed analyses of Thomas' works."—Library Journal
Dylan Thomas is one of the most brilliant and difficult of modem poets. Pantheist, surrealist, bard, his extraordinary poems present problems for even the most expert reader. Thomas, like Joyce, is a writer who almost demands acts of exegesis. A friend of Thomas and one of the leading experts in the country on modern writing, William York Tindall brings both enormous erudition and high literary sensitivity to his poem-by-poem analysis of the great Welsh poet’s verse.
William York Tindall was professor of English at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on Dylan, Joyce, and British literature. His works include A Reader's Guide to "Finnegans Wake" and A Reader's Guide to James Joyce, both published by Syracuse University Press.