Killis Campbell, professor of English, died on August
8, 1937. He was 65.
Professor Campbell was born on June 11, 1872, in Enfield,
Virginia. He earned bachelor's degrees from Peabody College for Teachers
and from William and Mary College in 1892 and 1894, respectively. He
received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1898. He held a fellowship
while at Johns Hopkins and spent the summers of 1897, 1902, and 1904
studying in the British Museum and the Bodleian Library.
After teaching at Culver Military Academy in Indiana
in 1898-99, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin
in 1899, where he taught until shortly before his death in 1937. Professor
Campbell was an authority in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English language
and literature. He also taught American literature, focusing on Edgar
Allan Poe. He influenced the direction of American literature scholarship
as a founding member of the American literature study group of the Modern
Language Association of America. In 1934-35 he served as vice president
of the MLA.
Professor Campbell founded Texas
Studies in English and served as its editor from 1911 to 1936. He
was research professor at the University in 1930-31. Professor Campbell
published the definitive edition of a version of The Seven Sages
of Rome (1907). He edited The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1917)
and Poe's Short Stories (1927). In addition, Professor Campbell
published The Mind of Poe and Other Studies (1933).
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa
Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January
5, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.