Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918) was born in Bristol, and was the son of Russian immigrants who settled in London’s Jewish ghetto. He published two pamphlets of poetry at his own expense after studying art at Birkbeck College and the Slade School: Night and Day in 1912, and Youth in 1915. He enlisted in the Bantam Battalion of 12 Suffolk Regiment and was sent to the Western Front in 1916. He never rose above the rank of Private, and was killed in battle on 1 April 1918 whilst on night patrol south of Arras. His body was never found. His poems were posthumously collected and published in London in 1922, and in 1979 all of his work was gathered and published in The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, Painting, and Drawings (Oxford University Press).