Dannie Abse

(b. 1923)

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(1923– ),

doctor and poet, born in Cardiff of a Welsh‐Jewish family. In a foreword to his Collected Poems 1948–1976 (1977), Abse notes that his poems are increasingly ‘rooted in actual experience’, both domestic and professional, and many display a reconciliation between Jewish and Welsh themes and traditions. Later collections include Ask the Bloody Horse (1986), White Coat, Purple Coat: Collected Poems 1948–88 (1989), Remembrance of Crimes Past (1990), On the Evening Road (1994), New and Collected Poems (2002), and Running Late (2006). He has also edited several anthologies and published plays, novels (including The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds and Dr Glas, 2002), and volumes of autobiography (including A Poet in the Family, 1974, and Goodbye, Twentieth Century, 2001).

Subjects: Literature.

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