James Edwin Campbell (1867-1896) was born in Pomeroy, Ohio.
He was a poet, educator and journalist. Campbell created dynamic verses in "Gullah" dialect that were praised for their originality, realism, authentic voice, and spirit.
Although Paul Laurence Dunbar is credited with popularizing verse in dialect, Campbell had been publishing poetry of this type years before Dunbar became successful.
Near the close of the 19th century, Campbell moved to Chicago and was a staff writer for the Times-Herald. He also wrote articles and poems for other periodicals. Like his predecessor, Dunbar, Campbell died of pneumonia at an early age. He was 28.
Campbell wrote two volumes of poetry. "Driftings and Gleanings" (1887) and "Echoes from the Cabin and Elsewhere" (1895).
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