J J Bell

Novelist, Author

1871 – 1934

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Who was J J Bell?

John Joy Bell, known professionally as J J Bell, was a journalist and author. Born in Hillhead, Glasgow, Bell was schooled at Kelvinside Academy and Morrison's Academy. He attended the University of Glasgow, where he studied chemistry. After becoming a journalist, Bell worked for the Glasgow Evening Times, and as sub-editor of the Scots Pictorial. His articles described the life of working-class Glaswegians, and were often written in the vernacular. He created the character of 'MacGreegor' for his Evening Times articles, and the stories were so popular that they were published in book form, and later made into a film.

Bell has often been criticised for being overly sentimental, but it is also said that his vernacular was accurately representative, which is partly what made them popular. During recent years though, Bell's books are increasingly neglected.

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Born
Jun 7, 1871
Hillhead
Also known as
  • John Joy Bell
  • J. J. Bell
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Kelvinside Academy
  • University of Glasgow
Lived in
  • Glasgow
Died
Nov 14, 1934

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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