William Wilfred Campbell is the subject of one
of the earliest book-length studies of a member
of the Confederation group, Carl F. Klinck’s Wilfred
Campbell: a Study in Late Provincial Victorianism
(1942, 1977), he has yet to be given the full
biographical treatment accorded, for example,
to Charles G.D. Roberts. The following transcription
of "An Intimate Picture of Wilfred Campbell"
by his daughter, Faith L. Malloch, will not fill
that void, but it will provide a useful supplement,
not only to Klinck’s work, but also to the various
brief accounts of Campbell’s life that appear
in W.J. Sykes’ edition of his Poetical Works
(1922), in George Wicken’s "William Wilfred
Campbell (1858-1918)" in Canadian Writers
and Their Works (1983) and in Laurel Boone’s
Introduction to the Selected Poetry
and Prose (1987) and her entry in volume 14
of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
the Bibliography in Wilfred Campbell: a Study
in Late Provincial Victorianism, Klinck mentions
"An Intimate Picture of Wilfred Campbell"
as "a valuable biographical sketch"
consisting of "89 pages in typewritten copy."
That typescript remained in Klinck’s possession
until his death in 1990, at which point it went
into the custody of a friend, who passed it on
to me in the Spring of 2003. Among the materials
appended to it (which include an index and maps
of England and Scotland) as well as the items
included below) is a note in Klinck’s hand that
book was typed from the original Mss. Contained
in an exercise book, the property of Mrs. Malloch
and obtained for me by her brother, Mr. Basil
B. Campbell of Toronto. Typed during the later
part of January, 1931. Finally checked and corrected
by myself, February 12, 1931. Three copies were
the first page of the typescript, a note, also
in Klinck’s hand, reads "Property of Carl
present text of "An Intimate Picture of Wilfred
Campbell" is based on the typescript that
Klinck evidently commissioned and corrected in
1931. Obvious spelling and typographical errors
have been corrected. Where errors or lacunae have
dictated the addition of a letter, word, or punctuation
mark, it has been set off in square brackets.
present text was transcribed as well as edited
by Kat Evans and Julia Obert.
far as the Canadian Poetry Press has been able
to ascertain, "An Intimate Picture of Wilfred
Campbell" is not subject to copyright, but
any information in this regard would be gratefully