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Dannie Abse
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Dannie Abse
Welsh physician, poet, novelist and playwright. Daniel Abse was born in Cardiff, Wales in to Jewish parents. He was educated at the University of Wales, and received his medical training at King's College, London, and Westminster Hospital where he qualified as a doctor in . After serving in the Royal Air Force from to , he practiced as a specialist at the Central Medical Establishment chest clinic between and before retiring from clinical practice. Abse's dual career began while he was in medical school with the publication of his first collection of poetry, After Every Green Thing, in . It was followed by nine other volumes of poetry, three novels, several plays, and three autobiographical works. He also edited numerous poetry anthologies, and co-edited two books with his late wife, art historian Joan Mercer, Voices in the Gallery: Poems and Pictures () and The Music Lover's Literary Companion (). His most recent novel is The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds & Dr Glas (20), and his latest poetry collection is Running Late (20). Abse won the Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for his play, House of Cowards; both the the Welsh Arts Council Award and the Jewish Chronicle Book Award for his Selected Poems in ; the Arts Council of Wales Literature Award for Pythagoras; the Cholmondeley Award in ; and the 20 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction for New and Collected Poems. He was also Senior Fellow of the Humanities and writer-in-residence at Princeton University for -, and President of the Poetry Society from until . He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in , Fellow of the Welsh Academy of Letters in , Honorary Fellow at the University of Wales College of Medicine in , and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universities of Wales () and Glamorgan ().
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