Fonds GB 0210 MSDABSE - Dannie Abse Manuscripts,

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Cod cyfeirnod



Dannie Abse Manuscripts,


  • 1962-1983 / (Creation)

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Maint a chyfrwng

9 volumes.

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Enw'r crëwr

Hanes bywgraffyddol

Dannie Abse was born in 1923 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. He studied at the Welsh National School of Medicine, and at King's College and Westminster Hospital in London, qualifying as a doctor in 1943. He entered clinical practice, and was a specialist at the Central Medical Establishment chest clinic, 1954-1989. He is a prolific writer and poet. He is deeply interested by 1930s politics and the Spanish Civil War, which formed the background to his schooldays. His poetry is influenced by his Jewish heritage, Welsh nationality, and his life as a family man and a London suburban dweller. He has published seven volumes of poetry and seven plays. He was Senior Fellow of the Humanities at Princeton University (1973-1974), and president of the Poetry Society (1978-1992). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983, Fellow of the Welsh Academy of Letters in 1992 (President since 1995), Honorary Fellow at the University of Wales College of Medicine (1999), and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wales (1989) and the University of Glamorgan (1997). He was given a Cholmondeley Award (1985). Abse is married to the art historian Joan Mercer, and together they edited, Voices in the Gallery: Poems and Pictures (1986) and The Music Lover's Literary Companion (1988). They live in Glamorgan.

Enw'r crëwr

Hanes bywgraffyddol

Poet, playwright and novelist Dannie Abse was born in Cardiff of Jewish parents and studied medicine at the University of Wales, Westminster Hospital and King's College, London, from where he qualified as a doctor in 1950. Abse's first and most popular novel was the autobiographical Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve (1954); he has also published seven volumes of verse and five volumes of plays. Most of his poetic work deals with the unusual and unexpected, while the plays are experimental in tone and relate mainly to contemporary themes and ideas.

Hanes archifol


NLW MSS 22425-9; R. A. Gekoski; London; Purchase; 1987

NLW MSS 21973-4; Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 318; 22 July 1983

NLW MSS 21997-8; Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 633; 20 March 1984

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Natur a chynnwys

Papers, 1962-1983, of Dannie Abse, comprising autograph and typescript drafts of poems, plays (including a dramatisation of his poem 'Funland', later titled 'Pythagoras'), essays, and television and radio scripts.

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System o drefniant

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 21973-4, 21997-8, 22425-9.

Ardal amodau mynediad a defnydd

Amodau rheoli mynediad

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Amodau rheoli atgynhyrchu

Usual copyright laws apply.

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Sgript o ddeunydd

Nodiadau iaith a sgript


Cyflwr ac anghenion technegol

Cymhorthion chwilio

The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

Cymorth chwilio

Ardal deunyddiau perthynol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad y gwreiddiol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad copïau

Unedau o ddisgrifiad cysylltiedig

See also NLW, Dannie Abse Papers. Proofs, published texts and related ephemera included in the purchase are NLW ex 608.

Disgrifiadau cysylltiedig

Ardal nodiadau


Title based on contents.

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GEAC system control number

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Pwyntiau mynediad lleoedd

Pwyntiau mynediad Enw

Pwyntiau mynediad Genre

Ardal rheolaeth disgrifiad

Dynodwr disgrifiad

Dynodwr sefydliad

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rheolau a/neu confensiynau a ddefnyddiwyd

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Lefel manylder disgrifiad

Dyddiadau creadigaeth adolygiad dilead

February 2005 and September 2009.


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Nodyn yr archifydd

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999), Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986);

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Pobl a sefydliadau cysylltiedig

Genres cysylltiedig

Lleoedd cysylltiedig

Storfa ffisegol

  • Text: NLW MSS 22425-22429.