Other literary forms
Dannie Abse (abs) has always been a prolific writer, not only contributing poems to many journals, including American Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Encounter, Jewish Quarterly, and Jewish Chronicle Literary Supplement, but also producing a volume of semi-autobiographical prose (sometimes called a novel), Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve (1954), and the novels Some Corner of an English Field (1956) and O. Jones, O. Jones (1970). In 1974, he published his autobiography, A Poet in the Family. Another collection of autobiographical pieces and reflections on the writing of poetry and autobiography, A Strong Dose of Myself (1983), was followed by Journals from the Ant Heap (1986) and Intermittent Journals (1994), sets of musings on various public and personal events, and by Goodbye, Twentieth Century: The Autobiography of Dannie Abse (2001). In 2007, Abse published The Presence, a very powerful meditation following the death of his wife, Joan, in an automobile accident in June, 2005. The book is the result of a diary he started after his wife’s death in an attempt to come to terms with his grief, sadness, and loss, and to document their more than fifty years of marriage. He has also written several plays, among them House of Cowards (pr. 1960), The Dogs of Pavlov (pr. 1969), Pythagoras (pr. 1976), and Gone in January (pr. 1978).