Sir Victor Gollancz(1893-1967), Publisher
Sitter in 5 portraits
Gollancz studied at Oxford before joining the Officers Training Corps in the First World War. A liberal from an early age, he believed in the 'free spontaneous, self-directing development of the life and spirit in every human person'. In 1921 he joined Benn Brothers publishing firm and in 1927 started his own firm, introducing revolutionary methods. His principal concern was to spread awareness of current affairs and the message of socialism. In 1936 he founded the Left Book Club in response to rising Nazism, and was involved in other humanitarian and political causes dedicated to social welfare, pacifism and the abolition of capital punishment. He received many honours and prizes and was knighted in 1965.