BIOGRAPHY: Was conscientious objector of The First World War.
(Was in prison 1917) Doc. 8 John's birth certificate shows "Simon, son of David Solomon and Leah (Jacobson) Solomon"
1911 census shows him as "Jacob"
Wrote column for French publication for years
Received Légion d'Honneur from French Government.
Famous photo of John with James Joyce, Sylvia and Cyprian Beach at "Shakespeare and Co." in Paris, 1921
SUMMARY (A. Crozier): 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.