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Finding Aid for the James Dykes Campbell Collection of Material about Charles Lamb, 1825-1895
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Description
James Dykes Campbell (1838-1895) was a partner in Ireland, Fraser, & Company, the leading mercantile firm in Mauritius. He retired in 1881 and settled in England the following year where he met Robert Browning, and was associated with the Athenaeum. He wrote a biographical introduction to a new edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry in 1893, which reappeared in 1894 as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a narrative of the events of his life (1894). Part of Campbell's literary research involved gathering material about Charles Lamb (1775-1834) who worked as a bookkeeper in the East India House, and was best known as an essayist, using the pen name Elia. The collection consists of 7 volumes containing copies of Charles Lamb letters, manuscripts, and printed ephemera relating to Lamb.
Background
Campbell was born on November 2, 1838 in Port Glasgow, Scotland; attended the burgh elementary school, and in 1852 entered a merchant's office; in 1854 became employed at Cochrane and Company pottery manufacturers in Glasgow; in 1860 the company sent him to Toronto for two years, where he also had time to undertake literary research; started his own business in Glasgow in 1862; in 1873 he became a partner in Ireland, Fraser, & Company, the leading mercantile firm in Mauritius; retired in 1881, and settled in England the following year, where he met Robert Browning and was associated with the Athenaeum; he wrote a biographical introduction to a new edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry in 1893, which reappeared in 1894 as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a narrative of the events of his life (1894); Campbell died on June 1, 1895; part of Campbell's literary research involved gathering material about Charles Lamb, who was born on February 10, 1775 in London; worked from 1792-1825 as a bookkeeper in the East India House; became best known as an essayist, using the pen name Elia; published books include Blank verse (1798) and Tales from Shakespear (1807); he died in Edmonton, England on December 7, 1834.
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2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
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Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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