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Aaronson, Lazarus (1895–1966), poet and educationist, was born at 34 Great Pearl Street, Spitalfields, London, on 18 February 1895, the son of Louis Aaronson, master bootmaker, and his wife, Sarah, née Kowalski. His parents were impoverished Jewish immigrants from Vilna in the Pale...

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Abse, Daniel [Dannie] (1923–2014), physician, poet, and author, was born on 22 September 1923 at 161 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, the youngest of four children of Rudolf Abse (1887–1964), cinema proprietor, and his wife, Kate, née Shepherd (1890–1981...

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Bronowski, Jacob (1908–1974), mathematician, poet, and humanist, was born on 18 January 1908 in Łódź, Poland, the first of the three children of Abram Bronowski, haberdasher, and his wife, Celia Flatto. During the First World War the family lived in Germany, and in 1920 they moved to ...

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Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frankau, Gilbert (1884–1952), novelist and poet, was born on 21 April 1884 in Gloucester Terrace, London, the eldest of three sons and one daughter of Arthur Frankau (1849–1904), a principal partner of the firm of J. Frankau & Co., wholesale cigar merchants, founded originally in 1837 to import leeches from ...

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Fried, Erich (1921–1988), poet, translator, and essayist, was born on 6 May 1921 in Vienna, the only child of middle-class Jewish parents, Hugo Fried (1890–1938), haulage contractor, later hypnotist, and his wife, Nellie, née Stein (1896–1982). After the Nazi annexation of Austria his father was arrested and beaten to death by the ...

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Hamburger, Michael Peter Leopold (1924–2007), poet, translator, and literary critic, was born in Berlin on 22 March 1924, the elder son and third of the four children of Richard Hamburger (1884–1940), an eminent paediatrician of Polish origin, and his wife, Lilli, née Hamburg (1887–1980)...

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Hobsbaum, Philip Dennis (1932–2005), poet and literary scholar, was born on 29 June 1932 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Joseph Hobsbaum, telephone engineer, and his wife, Rachel, née Sapera. His parents were both first-generation eastern European Jewish immigrants. In 1939 his father's job took the family to ...

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Jacobs, Arthur [pseud. A. C. Jacobs] (1937–1994), poet and translator, was born at 8 Marywood Square, Glasgow, on 13 May 1937, the only son and elder child of Moses Jacobs, a drapery warehouseman whose business was in the Gorbals district, and his wife, ...

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Levy, Amy Judith (1861–1889), writer and poet, was born on 10 November 1861 at 16 Percy Place, London, the second of the seven children of Lewis Levy (1836–1895), a stockbroker, and Isabelle Levin (1840–1928). In 1872 the family moved to 11 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London...

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Naomi Lewis (1911–2009) by Jenny Potter, 1975 © Jenny Potter

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Lewis [née Finkelstein], Naomi (1911–2009), poet and literary critic, was born Naomi Finkelstein at 12 St George's Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 3 September 1911, the second of four children of Samuel Meir Finkelstein, a fish merchant who had emigrated from Latvia...

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Litvinoff, Emanuel (1915–2011), poet and writer, was born at 76 Christian Street, Whitechapel, London, on 30 June 1915, the second of four sons and second of five children of Maxim (Meir, or Mark) Litvinoff, or Litvinov, tailor's presser, and his wife, Rosa, née...

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Loewe, Raphael James (1919–2011), Hebrew scholar, translator, and poet, was born on 16 April 1919 in Calcutta, India, the elder of two surviving sons of Herbert Martin James Loewe (1882–1940), Hebrew scholar, and his wife, Ethel Victoria, née Hyamson (1887–1946). His younger brother, ...

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Mendez [Mendes], Moses (1690?–1758), playwright and poet, was probably born in the City of London. He was a grandson of the Sephardi physician Fernando Mendes and the only son of James Mendez, of Mitcham, Surrey, a stockjobber, and Anne, of the Sephardi ...

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Adah Isaacs Menken (1835?–1868) by Sarony & Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Menken, Adah Isaacs (1835?–1868), actress and poet, is thought to have been born on 15 June 1835 in New Orleans. At various times in her life she produced different versions of her parentage, giving her father's name as James McCord, Richard Spencer...

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Raffalovich, Marc-André (1864–1934), writer, was born in Paris on 11 September 1864, the third child of Hermann Raffalovich (d. 1893), a prosperous banker, and his wife, Marie (d. 1921). His parents were Jews who migrated from Odessa to Paris in 1863: his mother was a cultivated hostess who presided over a salon at ...

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Isaac Rosenberg (1890–1918) by self-portrait, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London