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Alvarez, Alfred [Al] (1929–2019), novelist, poet, and critic, was born on 5 August 1929 at 22 Gordon Mansions, Francis Street, Bloomsbury, London, the third child of Bertie Alvarez (1892–1965), a music-loving reluctant businessman, and his wife, Katie, née Levy...


Al Alvarez (1929–2019), by Gregory Noakes, 1972

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Gross, John Jacob (1935–2011), literary editor and critic, was born on 12 March 1935 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, the elder son of Abraham Gross (sometimes Grosser; formerly Avraham ben Oser) (1899/1900–1960), medical practitioner, and his wife, Muriel, née Felkoff (1912–2001). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...