Tom Rosenthal (publisher)

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Tom Rosenthal
Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal

(1935-07-16)16 July 1935
London, England
Died3 January 2014(2014-01-03) (aged 78)
Education The Perse School
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
SpouseAnn Warnford-Davis (née Shire)
Children2 sons
Parent(s) Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal
Elisabeth Charlotte Rosenthal, née Marx
Relatives Miriam Hodgson (sister)

Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal (16 July 1935 – 3 January 2014) was a British publisher and art critic.


Early life

Thomas Gabriel Rosenthal was born on 16 July 1935 in London, the son of Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal (1904–1991), a Hebrew scholar and orientalist, and his wife, Elisabeth Charlotte Rosenthal, née Marx (1907–1996), both refugees from Nazi Germany. [1] [2] His sister was the children's books editor Miriam Hodgson. [2]

He was educated at The Perse School in Cambridge, followed by Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he earned a degree in history and English. [3]


Rosenthal joined the publishing company Thames & Hudson in 1959. He was head of Secker & Warburg from 1971 to 1984 [1] and later Andre Deutsch Publishers. [4]

In 1997 he founded the Bridgewater Press with his friend the rare book dealer Rick Gekoski producing limited editions usually in editions of 138 copies. [3]

He was chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Personal life

Rosenthal was married to Ann Warnford-Davis (née Shire), a literary agent, and had two sons, Adam, a surgeon specialising in gynaecological oncology, and Daniel, an author. [1]

Later life

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  1. 1 2 3 "Tom Rosenthal - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Hodgson [née Rosenthal], Miriam Ann". ODNB. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. 1 2 Trewin, Ion (6 January 2014). "Tom Rosenthal obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. Anonymous review of Diana Athill's memoir Stet in The Economist, 9 Sept. 2000.