Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992

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Gladys Campbell, poet, teacher, and early member of the University of Chicago Poetry Club. With George Dillon, she co-edited The Forge: A Journal of Verse. She published one collection, The Momentary Beach, and her poems appeared frequently in various poetry publications. Campbell died in 1992.

From the description of Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702181858

Gladys Campbell (1892-1992) attended the University of Chicago to study poetry and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1920 and a Master of Arts in 1943. Campbell was one of the early members of the University of Chicago Poetry Club, a group formed in 1917 by students who wished to address the absence of modern poetry in the University curriculum. Other members included Glenway Wescott, George Dillon, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Arthur Yvor Winters, Llewellyn Jones, Maurice Lesemann, and Janet Lewis. Harriet Monroe, the founder and editor of Poetry Magazine, visited the group often.

Gladys Campbell and George Dillon (1906-1968) were editors of the Poetry Club's publication, The Forge: A Journal of Verse, published from 1924 to 1929. Campbell and Dillon were close friends for their entire lives and Dillon sent his poems to her for criticism. He was the editor for Poetry Magazine from 1937 to 1949, during which time he also served in WWII. Another close friend of Gladys Campbell's was the writer Glenway Wescott (1901-1987). Charles Bell (1916-), another poet and Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, also sent Campbell drafts of poems for criticism.

Campbell wrote poetry throughout her life and her poems appeared frequently in Poetry, The Forge, The Dial and Book Notes . She published one collection, The Momentary Beach, in 1972. From 1922 to 1929, Campbell taught English in the University of Chicago Lab Schools and from 1929 to 1957 she taught humanities and English at the University of Chicago. She retired in 1957. Campbell was active in Hyde Park's Poetry Society, which met in her apartment. Writers such as Yvor Winters, George Dillon, and Thornton Wilder were among its members. Campbell never married and lived in the Hyde Park section of Chicago until her death in 1992.

From the guide to the Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992. Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Campbell, Gladys. Papers, 1935-1976 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Campbell, Kathleen. Kathleen Foster Campbell papers, 1924-1992. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kathleen Foster Campbell papers, 1924-1992 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George Dillon Papers, 1862-1982 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
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associatedWith Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Bell, Charles G. (Charles Greenleaf), 1916- person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Campbell, Kathleen. person
associatedWith Campbell, Kathleen. person
associatedWith Charles Scribner's Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Naomi. person
associatedWith Dillon, George, 1906-1968. person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Hill, Knox C. person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899- person
associatedWith Lesemann, Maurice, b. 1899. person
associatedWith Levi, Edward Hirsch, 1911- person
associatedWith Lewis, Janet, 1899-1998. person
associatedWith Modern Poetry Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Rago, Henry, 1915-1969. person
associatedWith Roberts, Elizabeth Madox, 1881-1941. person
associatedWith Slavick, William H. person
associatedWith University of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Poetry Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. person
associatedWith Wilder, Isabel, 1900- person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Poets, American--20th century
American poetry--20th century


Birth 1892

Death 1992-07-01



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