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)
EducationThe Perse School
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
SpouseAnn Warnford-Davis (née Shire)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal;
Elisabeth Charlotte Rosenthal, née Marx
RelativesMiriam Hodgson (sister)

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

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Tom Rosenthal - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hodgson [née Rosenthal], Miriam Ann". ODNB. 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b 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 September 2000.