John Barlas

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John Evelyn Barlas (1860 – 1914), pseudonym Evelyn Douglas, was an English poet and political activist of the late nineteenth century. He was a member of the decadent movement in literature, as well as a revolutionary socialist in politics. Eight books of his Swinburne-influenced verse were published between 1884 and 1893, including 1885's the Bloody Heart, 1887's Phantasmagoria: Dream-Fugues and 1889's Love Sonnets.

Born in Burma, he was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and studied at New College, Oxford, where he befriended Oscar Wilde, who became an intimate companion.

Having served as an organizer for the Social Democratic Federation and as a contributor to William Morris' socialist journal Commonweal, he demonstrated in Trafalgar Square on Bloody Sunday.<!-- In some sources this has been reported as a different date entirely, with Bloody Sunday being only the most well known of several demonstrations at the time. There are no police or news reports as far as I am aware documenting anyone by his name or general description being injured at Bloody Sunday, which was covered extensively in papers at the time. The next bit is also dubious. He did, in fact, make the claim, but it's probably nothing more than an exaggerated anecdote. --> He was allegedly "batoned and floored" there, after...
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