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Humbert Wolfe

(5 January 1885 – 5 January 1940 / Milan)

Humbert Wolfe
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Humbert Wolfe CB CBE, was an Italian-born English poet, man of letters and civil servant, from a Jewish family background, his father being a German Jew (Martin Wolff) and his mother an Italian Jew (Consuela, née Terraccini).

He was one of the most popular authors of the 1920s. He is now remembered for his epigram:

You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
thank God! the
British journalist.

But, seeing what
the man will do
unbribed, there's
no occasion to.


He was also a translator of Heinrich Heine, Edmond Fleg (1874-1963)and Eugene... more »

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  • ''You cannot hope
    to bribe or twist
    (thank God!) the
    British journalist.
    But, seeing what
    the man will do
    unbribed, there's
    no occasion to.''
    Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940), British poet, author. "Over the Fire," bk. 1, The Uncelestial City (1930).
  • ''His bill's so yellow,
    his coat's so black,
    that he makes a fellow
    whistle back.''
    Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940), British poet. The Blackbird (l. 5-8). . . Favorite Poems Old and New. Helen Ferris, ed. (1957) Doubleday & Company.
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