Isaac D'Israeli was a British writer, scholar and man of letters. He is best known for his essays, his associations with other men of letters, and as the father of British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
Isaac was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, the only child of Benjamin D'Israeli, a Jewish merchant who had emigrated from Cento, Italy in 1748, and his second wife, Sarah Syprut de Gabay Villa Real. Isaac received much of his education in Leiden. At the age of 16, he began his literary career with some verses addressed to Samuel Johnson. He became a frequent guest at the table of the publisher John Murray and became one of the noted bibliophiles of the time.
The spelling of the name at birth for all family members of the Earl of Beaconsfield's generation and before, was apparently d'Israeli. There seems to be some debate about when this changed to 'Disraeli', the Wikipedia entry claiming that it was in 1822 when Benjamin Disraeli was an articled clerk, whilst Robert Blake in his biography states that it was changed for him by his father prior to attending school. Nonetheless, it seems likely that he and his siblings would initially have been known as d'Israeli as would all members of the previous two generations.
Isaac was born in 1766. Isaac Disraeli ... He passed away in 1848.
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