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Julian Heward Bell was an English poet, noted primarily for an early collection of his poetry. He was also a contributor to the literary magazine The Venture.

Background

Julian Bell was born on February 4, 1908 in London, United Kingdom. He was the son of (Arthur) Clive Heward Bell, an art critic and historian, and Vanessa Bell.

Education

Julian Bell studied at Leighton Park School and King's College in Cambridge.

Career

Julian started his career as a contributor to the literary magazine The Venture, when he was a student. In 1935 Bell began to work as a professor of English at Wuhan University in China. However, he did not hold that post for long. Drawn by the political situation surrounding the Spanish Civil War, he moved to Spain and served as ambulance driver for the Spanish Republicans.

Julian wrote letters describing his relationship with a married lover K.

Achievements

  • Julian was noted primarily for an early collection of his poetry. His contribution, a satirical poem titled "Arms and the Man" highlighted the author’s political stance as a socialist.

Politics

In 1937, Bell became increasing supportive of the socialist and anti-fascist movements and decided to enlist in the Spanish Civil War.

Membership

Bell was a member of Cambridge Apostles intellectual society.