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The Art Of Conversation - Dylan Thomas

Issue No. 2129

This newly discovered work by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was written during the Second World War when he was employed by the BBC to write radio talks and features.

This previously unbroadcast piece is a witty look at the decline of conversation, featuring Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and

Dr Johnson, which reminds the listener that “careless talk costs lives”, a key point of war-time propaganda.

Thomas slips in a number of digs at empty chat and meaningless communication.

The Art Of Conversation
Wednesday 3 December,
11.30am, BBC Radio 4


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