Isaac Rosenberg: The Half Used Life - Jean LiddiardLondon: Victor Gollancz, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white plates; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “The first world war threw up a generation of poets and painters. Many of them are already famous (Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, the Nashes (Paul and John), Stanley Spencer), but there is one, Isaac Rosenberg, both poet and painter, and the only war-poet to have been a private soldier, who remained comparatively unknown for many years; and he has only recently been given the recognition he deserves.
During his brief, harsh life Isaac Rosenberg fought to achieve a single aim — a total commitment to art. Before the First World War the arts belonged to the privileged. Rosenberg, from a board school, apprenticed at fourteen, struggled against poverty, class prejudice and anti-Semitism to become a poet and painter.
He was born in 1890 of Jewish immigrant parents, and was brought up in Stepney, drawing and writing poems throughout his childhood. Friendship with other like-minded young Jews whom he met at the Whitechapel Library, David Bomberg, Mark Gertler, Joseph Leftwich and John Rodker, sustained him through loneliness and frustration. Ambitious and penniless, they walked the streets of Stepney at night discussing art and poetry.
Sent by patrons to the Slade School of Fine Art in 1911 he was able to explore his radical approach to art in painting as well as in poetry, being caught up in the avant-garde movements then current at the Slade. Unemployment and ill-health dogged him; to escape them he passed a year in South Africa, returning when war broke out. He enlisted in 1915 and was killed in 1918. As a private soldier in the trenches the sense of isolation he had always felt enabled him to speak in his poetry for a generation suddenly confronted with the same experience.”