Laurie Magnus

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Laurie Magnus
Born(1872-08-05)5 August 1872
London, United Kingdom
Died28 April 1933(1933-04-28) (aged 60)
Alma materSt Paul's School, London
Magdalen College, Oxford
Dora Marian Spielmann
(m. 1903)
ChildrenPhilip Magnus-Allcroft
Ruth Sebag-Montefiore [Wikidata]
RelativesSir Philip Magnus (father)
Katie Emanuel (mother)
Sir Isidore Spielmann (father-in-law)

Laurie Magnus (5 August 1872 – 28 April 1933) was an English author, journalist, and publisher.


Magnus was born in London to Jewish parents Katie and Sir Philip Magnus. He was educated at St Paul's School, and graduated with a Master of Arts from Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read classics.[1]

He was the Berlin correspondent of the London Morning Post (1896–1900) and leader-writer for the same paper. By 1904, he was a joint managing director of George Routledge & Sons. Magnus edited a series of Secondary Education Text-Books for the publishing house of John Murray, has published A Primer of Wordsworth, translated the first volume of Greek Thinkers (from the German of Theodor Gomperz), and has edited Prayers from the Poets and Flowers of the Cave (in conjunction with Cecil Headlam). He also wrote written Aspects of the Jewish Question (1902), reprinted and enlarged from the Jewish Quarterly Review.

Magnus unsuccessfully ran as a Unionist for Bristol North in the December 1910 British general election, and was a major in the Royal Defence Corps during World War I.[1] He was active in Jewish communal life as a warden of the West London Synagogue, a member of the council of Jews' College, and president of the Union of Jewish Literary Societies.[2]

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJacobs, Joseph; Levy, Martha Washington (1904). "Magnus, Laurie". In Singer, Isidore; et al. (eds.). The Jewish Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. p. 257–258.

  1. ^ a b Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael A.; Rubinstein, Hillary L., eds. (2011). "Magnus, Laurie". The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 634. ISBN 978-0-230-30466-6. OCLC 793104984.
  2. ^ Lipman, Vivian David; Rubinstein, William D. (2007). "Magnus". In Berenbaum, Michael; Skolnik, Fred (eds.). Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference. ISBN 978-0-02-866097-4.