Juliet H. Lewis Campbell

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Portrait by John F. Francis

Juliet Hamersley Lewis Campbell (August 5, 1823 – December 26, 1898)[1][2] was an American poet and novelist.

Campbell was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the eldest child of Judge Ellis Lewis (1798-1871), later Pennsylvania Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[1][3] She grew up in Towanda, Pennsylvania.[3] She attended the Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, beginning in 1835.[4] In 1842 she married lawyer and future United States Representative James Hepburn Campbell.[5]

Campbell was a poet and her poems were included in several prominent anthologies. The American Female Poets (1848) by Caroline May included "Dreams", "A Confession", "Lines at Night", and "Tarpeia",[6] The Female Poets of America (1849) by Rufus Wilmot Griswold included "Dreams", "Night-Blooming Flowers", and "A Story of Sunrise",[7] and Read's Female Poets of America (1848) by Thomas Buchanan Read included "A Story of Sunrise" and "A Song of Sunset".[8]

In 1862, she published the long poem Legend of Infancy of Our Savior: A Christmas Carol.[9]

Campbell's only novel was Eros and Antieros; or, The Bachelor's Ward, published in 1857 under the name Judith Canute and published again the following year as The Old Love and the New under her own name.[10] The hero of the novel, Arthur Walsingham, is a romantic poet and scholar in love with Viola, a woman married to his best friend.[10] Viola and her husband die, leaving their daughter, also named Viola, in Walsingham's care.[10] Much of the novel is dedicated to the younger Viola's upper class education, apparently intended to be an example for other women.[10] When Viola is grown, she and Walsingham marry.[10] The novel also extolls the virtues of the Susquehanna River and life in the vicinity of Lake Erie.[10]

Portraits of Campbell by Thomas Sully and John Henry Brown are owned by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Burton Álva Konkle (1907). The life of Chief Justice Ellis Lewis, 1798-1871: of the first elective Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Campion. pp. 244–45. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer. December 29, 1898. p. 11.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ a b Sarah Towne Martyn; Helen Irving (1850). The Ladies' Wreath. Martyn & Ely. pp. 318–19. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Jewel A. Smith (31 January 2008). Music, Women, and Pianos in Antebellum Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: The Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary. Associated University Presse. pp. 44, 138. ISBN 978-0-934223-90-4. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Heslip, Philip (September 2009). "James H. Campbell Papers, 1861-1866". William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Caroline May (1848). The American female poets: with biographical and critical notices. Lindsay & Blakiston. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1849). The female poets of America. Carey and Hart. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Thomas Buchanan Read (1849). The female poets of America: With portraits, biographical notices, and specimens of their writings. E. H. Butler & co. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Legend of the infancy of our Saviour. A Christmas carol". Internet Archive. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Kavo, Rose F. (1979). "Juliet H. Lewis Campbell". In Mainiero, Lina. American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present. 1. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. p. 291. 
  11. ^ "Portal to American Portraits". National Portrait Gallery (United States). Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Portal to American Portraits". National Portrait Gallery (United States). Retrieved February 27, 2013. 

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