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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).
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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.