Ref no37886
TitlePapers of John Wall, socialist poet
Administrative historyJohn Wall (b. 1855, d. 1915) was one of Bristol's 'Socialist Poets'. Writing under the pen-name 'Mervyn Dauncey', Wall wrote a large number of poems, essays and novels which are of great interest for the industrial and social background which he described in detail, and for the social and political theory contained in them.

John Wall was a founder member of the Bristol and District Co-Operative Society, and the collection includes material on this organisation, the Bristol Socialist Society, the boot and shoe industry and related trade associations.

The collection itself is also of interest for its 'scrap paper' content, as he utilised pages from his children's school exercise books, the backs of notices, advertisements, catalogues, invoices and many other scraps of paper on which to write.

An account of John Wall's life by Sally Mullen has been published in 'Bristol's Other History' and an unpublished work by the same author, 'A Workman's Retort: Bristol's Socialist Poets 1870-1920' has been deposited with the Bristol Record Office, reference no. NPM/A/32.
Archivist's noteTransferred and updated from existing printed catalogue
Custodial historyDeposited by John Wall's daughter, Mrs Dorothy C Young in May 1981

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