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Regina Miriam Bloch (1889 – 1 March 1938) was a Jewish writer and poet.

Biography

She was born in Sondershausen, in the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (present-day Thuringia), and educated in Berlin and London.[1] She was the third child of John (or Jacob) Bloch of Egbaston, Birmingham, editor of the German sporting journal Spiel und Sport (1891–1901).[2][3]

She settled in London after the First World War and in 1919 launched a public appeal for the formation in England of a Jewish arts and crafts society. She contributed essays, stories and poems to a number of periodicals, and wrote articles and prose fiction for both Jewish and non-Jewish newspapers and publications in the United States, England and the British colonies.[4] Some confusion was caused when it was wrongly claimed that Regina Miriam Bloch was the real name of Rebecca West.[5]

She was noted for a compact treatise she wrote on the life of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his mission to the West.[6] She was interested in mysticism and contributed articles and book reviews to the Occult Review.

She died in London aged 49.[7]

Selected works

  • The Book of Strange Loves (1918)
  • The Confessions of Inayat Khan (1915)
  • The Swine-Gods and Other Visions, With a foreword by Israel Zangwill (1917)
  • The Vision of the King: a Coronation Souvenir (1911)

External links to poems

  • "Solomon's Song", in Joseph Friedlander, comp. The Standard Book of Jewish Verse, 1917 [3]
  • "I Know a Ruined Garden" in The Second Book of the Poets' Club (1911) p. 40 [4]

References

  1. ^ Bookshelf, Vols 1-3, British Museum Press, 1906, p. 123
  2. ^ William White, Notes and Queries, Vol. 238, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 352
  3. ^ H. Gillmeister, "English Editors of German Sporting Journals at the Turn of the Century", Sport in History, 1993 [1]
  4. ^ Isaac Landman,The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol.2, 1940, p. 403
  5. ^ Grant Martin Overton, When Winter Comes to Main Street, p. 37 [2]
  6. ^ Masood Ali Khan, S. Ram, Encyclopaedia of Sufism, Anmol Publications, 2003, p.243
  7. ^ American Jewish Year Book, Vol.40, 1938, p. 395