The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac

By Anthony Rudolf

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-85-3

Number of pages: 108

Essays, English, Paperback, 127x203mm

Having previously published studies on topics associated with World War Two, Anthony Rudolf now turns his attention to the poet and artist Isaac Rosenberg (1890–1918), a born revolutionary, as Robert Graves wrote. Drawing on the poet’s letters as well as the literary oeuvre, Rudolf considers what Rosenberg might have achieved had he survived the war and reflects on the work of Rosenberg’s Jewish contemporaries, the modernist poets Avigdor Hameiri and Uri Zvi Greenberg, both of whom fought in the Austro-Hungarian army, and who wrote in Hebrew. Rudolf concludes with the opening scene from his work-in-progress, Nobody’s Romeo, set in the poets’ corner of heaven. It features dialogues between Rosenberg and Keats among other poets. The book contains more than a dozen illustrations, some little known or hitherto unknown.

Anthony Rudolf has published works in prose and verse, and translated books, mainly poetry, from the French and other languages. As a literary essayist, he has written on authors as diverse as Balzac, Byron, Borges, George Oppen and Primo Levi. He has also written on the work of visual artists, including Paula Rego, R.B. Kitaj and Charlotte Salomon. He is a reviewer and obituarist and has contributed to Radios Three and Four and – in English, French and Russian – the BBC World Service.