BARON, JOSEPH ALEXANDER (1917–1999), English novelist. Born Joseph Alexander Bernstein in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Baron's first work, From the City, from the Plough (1948), was inspired by World War II service during the invasion of Normandy. Anglo-Jewish tensions are explored in With Hope, Farewell (1952; reissued in 1962 as The Thunder of Peace); and the East London of Baron's childhood is the setting of The Lowlife (1963) and its sequel, Strip Jack Naked (1966). He also   wrote a historical novel, The Golden Princess (1954), and King Dido (1969). During the 1930s, Baron was a Communist but increasingly broke with radical politics. His current reputation is that of an outstanding but neglected writer. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: ODNB online. (William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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