ANTHONY S. ABBOTT


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Anthony S. Abbott Biography


Award-winning poet and novelist Anthony S. Abbott is the author of five books of poetry, including the Pulitzer nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat. His newest book, If Words Could Save Us, was the recipient of the 2012 Brockman-Campbell Award. He is also the author of two novels, the highly acclaimed Leaving Maggie Hope and its sequel, The Three Great Secret Things.


Born in San Francisco and educated at the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts and Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, he received his A.B. from Princeton University, Magna cum laude, in 1957. With the support of a Danforth Fellowship he received his A.M. from Harvard University in 1960 and his Ph.D. in 1962. 


An instructor in English at Bates College for three years beginning in 1961, he joined the English Department at Davidson College in 1964.  He became Full Professor in 1979 and was named Charles A. Dana Professor of English in 1990. He served as the Chair of the Department from 1989 to 1996. 


Modern Drama, creative writing, and literature and religion his major fields of interest, he is the author of two critical studies, Shaw and Christianity and The Vital Lie: Reality and Illusion in Modern Drama. His first volume of poems, The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, was published by St. Andrews Press in 1989 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His second poetry collection, A Small Thing Like a Breath was published by St. Andrews Press in 1993, and his third, The Search For Wonder in the Cradle of the World in 2000. A fourth collection, The Man Who, received the Oscar Arnold Young Award and was published by Main Street Rag Publishing in 2005. 


His novel Leaving Maggie Hope received the Novello Award in 2003 and was published by Novello Press. It subsequently received the Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine. Its sequel, The Three Great Secret Things, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing in 2007.


Anthony Abbott's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, St. Andrews Review, Pembroke, Tar River Poetry, Theology Today, and The Anglican Theological Review.


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