Eric Rosenthal

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Eric Rosenthal (1905–1983) was a South African cultural historian and author.


Born in Newlands, Cape Town, on 10 July 1905, he received his early schooling at Parktown Preparatory School and St. John's College in Johannesburg. He then went on to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand, qualifying as an attorney, before turning to journalism and historical writing, producing numerous articles and books on a wide range of topics. He would become a household name as one of the so-called "Three Wise Men" on Springbok Radio's popular quiz show, Test the Team.

He married Jenny Bradley on 18 December 1934 in Westcliff, Johannesburg and on his retirement they settled in Fish Hoek near Cape Town.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Relevant books on the performing arts include You Have Been Listening... A History of the Early Days of Radio Transmission in South Africa. (Purnell, 1974) and From Drury Lane to Mecca (a book about the eccentric scenic artist, Hedley Churchward, Howard Timmins, 1982).

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