Joan Abse

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Joan Abse (née Mercer; 11 September 1926 – 13 June 2005) was an English author and art historian.

Biography

Joan Mercer was born St Helens, Lancashire, on 11 September 1926.[1] By age 17, she was a student at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree.[1][2] Abse received a Master of Art degree in Art History in 1972 from Courtauld Institute of Art, London.[2] She met her husband Dannie while living in post-war London, and they married by 1951.[3] Together they had three children.[3]

She wrote many books, including the noted John Ruskin: A Passionate Moralist.[4][5] Richard Ellmann, a journalist at The New York Times newspaper, writes, "What especially animates Joan Abse's book is her keen interest in Ruskin's effort to blend his artistic and social sympathies."[5]

Joan Abse died in a car accident in Bridgend, south Wales, on 13 June 2005.[6][2] She was the wife of Welsh poet and physician Dannie Abse.[7][1]

Bibliography

Abse's books included:

  • Abse, Joan (1975). The Art Galleries of Britain and Ireland: A Guide to their Collections. London, England: Robson Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0860513216.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Abse, Joan (1977). My LSE (essays). London, England: Robson Books Ltd.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Abse, Joan (1981). John Ruskin: A Passionate Moralist. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0394515960.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Abse, Joan (2000). Letters from Wales. Seren. ISBN 978-1854112705.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Abse, Joan; Abse, Dannie (2009). The Music Lover's Literary Companion (1 ed.). London, England: Jr Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1906779122.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 June 13, 2005, September 11, 1926- (25 June 2005). "Joan Abse". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Felton, Mick (18 June 2005). "Obituary: Joan Abse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Joan Abse". The Independent. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Broyard, Anatole (14 November 1981). "Books of The Times: Doomed to Enlighten". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ellmann, Richard (22 November 1981). "Conscience to His Age, Plague to Himself". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Writer killed in M4 road accident". BBC News. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Poet tells of wife's crash death". BBC News. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>