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John Rodker (1894 - 1955)

Books by this author: Poems and Adolphe 1920
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  • John Rodker (1894-1955), born in Manchester, moved with his family (his father was a corset-maker) to London when he was six. Educated at Board School and, to the age of 14, at the Jews' Free School, he later took evening classes in French, German and science and became a clerk. He avoided military service in the war and in 1919 succeeded Pound as London editor of The Little Review. He set up the Ovid Press, publishing Eliot's Ara Vos Prec, Pound's Mauberley, his own Hymns, and collections of drawing by Lewis,Gaudier-Brzeska and others. He remained a publisher, bringing out Pound's Cantos 17-26, Le Corbusier, Valery, and the German-language edition of Freud's works. He was a translator from the French.
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