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The name "Whitechapel Boys" identifies a loosely-knit group of Anglo- Jewish writers and artists of the early 20th century. It is named after Whitechapel, which contained one of London's main Jewish settlements and from which many of its members came. These members included Mark Gertler, Isaac Rosenberg, David Bomberg, Joseph Leftwich, Jacob Kramer, Morris Goldstein, Stephen Winsten, John Rodker, Lazarus Aaronson and its only female member, Clara Birnberg. [1] [2]

The name originates later in the 20th century, and was not used at the time the group was active. [1]

Several of the Whitechapel Boys, such as Rodker, Rosenberg, Leftwich, Winsten and Bomberg, were also politically active and members of the radical Young Socialist League. [3] [4]


  1. ^ a b Dickson, Rachel; MacDougall, Sarah (2004). "The Whitechapel Boys". Jewish Quarterly. Routledge. 51 (3): 29–34. doi: 10.1080/0449010X.2004.10706848 (inactive 6 May 2023).{{ cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of May 2023 ( link)
  2. ^ MacDougall, Sarah (2010). "'Something is happening there': early British modernism the Great War and the 'Whitechapel Boys'". In Walsh, Michael J. K. (ed.). London, Modernism, and 1914. Cambridge University Press. p. 126. ISBN  978-0-521-19580-5.
  3. ^ Patterson, Ian (2013). "The Translation of Soviet Literature". In Beasley, Rebecca; Bullock, Philip Ross (eds.). Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism. Oxford University Press. p. 189. ISBN  978-0-19-966086-5.
  4. ^ Moorcroft Wilson, Jean (2009). Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New Life (U.S. ed.). Northwestern University Press. pp. 85, 98, 101, 181. ISBN  978-0-8101-2604-6.

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