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George Campbell

Short biography
George Campbell was born of Jamaican parents in Panama in 1916 and lived variously in Columbia and Costa Rica before returning to Jamaica.

He worked as a journalist and critic on the Jamaican Daily Gleaner and on the opposition Public Opinion. He became intensely involved in the nationalist movement and with the Manley family, who championed the poetry he was beginning to write. He was co-founder with Edna Manley of the literary magazine Focus. In 1945, First Poems appeared. In the same year, Campbell migrated to New York, where he worked in theatre and dance. In 1978, he returned to Jamaica where he worked as a consultant to the Institute of Jamaica and the Peoples National Party archives. In 1994 he returned to New York where he died in 2002.