Writer; business executive; art collector. Born– September 18, 1893, Mobile. Parents– John and Suzy (March) Campbell. Education– Studied at Valparaiso University, 1913-1914; studied law at the University of Alabama, 1915-1916. Served In the US Marines in World War I;  wounded and gassed and never completely recovered from his wounds. Received the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Croix de Guerre. Worked for  the Waterman Steamship Company, 1920-1938; rose from a secretarial job to become vice-president of the company; in 1939 retired to become a freelance writer.  Wrote novels and short stories, many set in Alabama; he signed his fiction “William March.” Acquired an impressive collection of modern French art. Died May 15, 1954.


Dictionary of American Biography online; Contemporary Authors online.


99 Fables.  University of Alabama Press, 1960.

The Bad Seed. New York; Rinehart, 1954.

Come In At The Door. New York; Smith & Haas, 1934.

Company K. New York; Random House, 1933.

The First Sunset. Cincinnati; Little Man Press, 1940.

The Little Wife and Other Stories. New York; Smith & Haas, 1935.

The Looking Glass. Cincinnati; Little, 1943.

October Island. Cincinnati; Little, Brown, 1952.

Some Like Them Short. Cincinnati; Little, 1939.

The Tallons. New York; Random House, 1936.

Trial Balance; the Collected Short Stories. New York; Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1945.

William March Omnibus.  New York; Rinehart, 1956.


The Last Letters of Blessed Thomas Moore.  London; Manresa, 1924.


Papers of William Edward March Campbell, including correspondence, typescripts, drafts and revisions, are held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.  A collection of his correspondence is housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at Yale University.