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A fully revised and updated autobiography by one of this country's finest poets. 'A magnificently conceived work.' Guardian

Dannie Abse's rich mixture of Welsh and Jewish backgrounds, and his dual occupations of doctor and author, have led to what is widely regarded as one of the most readable, humorous and poignant autobiographies since the war. Goodbye, Twentieth Century incorporates his acclaimed first volume of autobiography, A Poet in the Family, in a new volume which brings his life up to the present and the outset of a new century.


Incident and character are vividly depicted, period is richly evoked and the descriptive passages remind one what a splendid poet the author is.


An entertaining and at times moving book. Mr Abse relates some very amusing anecdotes, and his informal yet controlled style is capable of moving without any sense of dislocation from these lighter occasions to deeply serious and affecting passages.

Times Literary Supplement

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  • Trade Paperback


    October 15, 2001


    336 pages

    RRP $39.99

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