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Deutscher, Isaac (1907–1967), biographer and historian, was born in Chrzanow, near Cracow, Galicia, in Austro-Hungarian Poland on 3 April 1907, the eldest among the three children of Jacob Kopel Deutscher, who owned his own printing business, and his second wife, Gustawa, née Jolles...

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Richard David Ellmann (1918–1987) by Seán O'Mordha © Estate of Seán O'Mordha

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Ellmann, Richard David (1918–1987), literary scholar and biographer, was born on 15 March 1918 in Highland Park, Detroit, Michigan, the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of James Isaac Ellmann, lawyer, a Jewish Romanian immigrant, and his wife, Jeanette Barsook...

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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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Guedalla, Philip (1889–1944), historian and essayist, was born on 12 March 1889 in Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the only son of David Guedalla, an almond broker in Mincing Lane, who came from a Spanish-Jewish family, and his wife, Louise Soman. Guedalla's talents developed early, and at ...

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Philip Guedalla (1889–1944) by Sir William Rothenstein © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kitaj, Ronald Brooks [Ron] (1932–2007), painter and essayist, was born Ronald Brooks Benway on 29 October 1932, in Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Sigmund Benway and his wife, Jeanne, née Brooks (d. 1995), a steel mill worker and teacher. His father was born in ...

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Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932–2007) self-portrait, 1993–4 © estate of R. B. Kitaj / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kustow, Michael David (1939–2014), author, theatre producer, and television executive, was born on 18 November 1939 at Suffolk House maternity home, Marsh Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, the oldest of three children of Marcus (Mark) Kustow (1908–1994), who came from a Jewish-Russian immigrant family and sold children’s clothes in a shop at ...

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Lee, Elizabeth (1857/8–1920), biographer and translator, was born in Keppel Street, Russell Square, London, the daughter of Lazarus Lee (b. 1824/5), who dealt in ostrich feathers, and his wife, Jessie Davis (b. 1836/7). She was one of at least six children. Her family was Jewish, and had changed its name from ...

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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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Low, Sir Sidney James Mark (1857–1932), journalist, historian, and essayist, was born at Blackheath, London, on 22 January 1857, the eldest child in the family of six sons and five daughters of Maximilian Loewe or Low (1830-1900) and his wife Theresa née Schacherl (1835-1887)...

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Mikes, George (1912–1987), writer and humorist, was born György Mikes on 15 February 1912 in Siklós, Hungary, the son of Alfred Mikes, lawyer, and his wife, Margit, née Gál. During the First World War the family moved to Pécs, where Alfred Mikes worked in a military court; they returned to ...

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Richardson, Joanna Leah (1925–2008), biographer, was born on 8 August 1925 at 36 West Heath Drive, Golders Green, London, the elder child of Fred Samuel (later Frederick Samuel) Richardson (1897–1978), leather merchant, and his wife, Charlotte Elsa, née Benjamin (1895–1978). Her parents were South African, of Jewish descent, and had married in ...