Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins

Marjorie Wilkins Campbell, author (b at London, Eng 1901; d at Toronto 23 Nov 1986). Campbell's career as a writer of historical fiction reflects her affinity for the early Canadians, developed from childhood after her family immigrated to the Saskatchewan Qu'Appelle Valley in 1904. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1959) and a Member of the Order of Canada (1978), she won a Governor General's Award in nonfiction for The Saskatchewan (1950), which introduced her favourite subject, the fur trade, and led to 5 more books, of which The Nor'Westers (1954) won a Governor General's Award in juvenile literature.

Author of 13 novels and biographies, Campbell contributed articles to Saturday Night and Maclean's, edited Magazine Digest and was a consultant to the Ontario government on the restoration of Fort William, a North West Co trading post.