11 April 1928|
Pretoria, South Africa
|Died||31 May 2004(aged 76)|
Lionel Abrahams (11 April 1928 – 31 May 2004) was a South African novelist, poet, editor, critic, essayist and publisher. He was born in Johannesburg, where he lived his entire life. He was born with cerebral palsy and had to use a wheelchair until 11 years of age.
Best known for his poetry, he was mentored by Herman Charles Bosman, and he and later edited seven volumes of Bosman's posthumously published works. Abrahams went on to become one of the most influential figures in South African literature in his own right, publishing numerous poems, essays, and two novels. Through Renoster Books, which he started in 1956, he published works by Oswald Mtshali and Mongane Wally Serote heralding the emergence of black poetry during the apartheid era.
- The Celibacy of Felix Greenspan: A novel in 18 stories, published by Bateleur Press, 1977
- The White Life of Felix Greenspan, published by M&G Books, 2002
- Journal of a New Man, published by Ad Donker, 1984
- The Writer in Sand, published by Ad Donker, 1988
- A Dead Tree Full of Live Birds, published by Snail Press, 1988
- Chaos Theory of the Heart, published by Jacana Media, 2005
- To Halley's Comet, publishers unknown.
Works about Lionel Abrahams
- Lionel Abrahams: A Reader, ed. Patrick Cullinan, published by Ad Donker, 1988
- A Writer in Stone: South African Writers Celebrate the 70th Birthday of Lionel Abrahams, ed. G. Friedman and Roy Blumenthal, published by David Philip, 1998
- Pogrund, Anne (9 June 2004). "Lionel Abrahams: Mischievous guru of South African letters". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- Kalechofsky, Roberta; Nadine Gordimer (1982). South African Jewish Voices. Micah Publications. p. 268. ISBN 0-916288-10-2.
- Ferguson, Gus. "Lionel Abrahams". South Africa - Poetry International Web. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- Friedman, Graeme; Roy Blumenthal; Lionel Abrahams (1998). A Writer in Stone: South African Writers Celebrate the 70th Birthday of Lionel Abrahams. David Philip Publishers. p. 45. ISBN 0-86486-428-0.
- Abrahams, Lionel (2005). Chaos Theory of the Heart & Other Poems Mainly Since 1990. Jacana Media. p. 1. ISBN 1-77009-097-5.
- Brown, Duncan; Bruno Van Dyk (1991). Exchanges: South African Writing in Transition. University of Natal Press. p. 110. ISBN 0-86980-789-7.
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