Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott

About Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott (August 2, 1862 – December 19, 1947) was a Canadian poet and storyteller. Along with Charles G.D. Roberts, Archibald Lampman and Bliss Carman, he is counted among the Confederation Poets (or Confederation Group), a group of poets whose work expressed the national consciousness inspired by the Confederacy. Scott, who had studied piano in his youth, initially had musical ambitions. It was not until the late 1880s, encouraged by his friend Archibald Lampman, that he began to write regularly for Scribner's Magazine. In 1892/93 he co-wrote with Lapman and William Wilfred Campbell a weekly column entitled At the Mermaid Inn for Globe magazine. In 1893 his first volume of poetry, The Magic House and Other Poems, was published, followed by seven more. His first volume of short stories appeared in 1896, entitled In the Village of Viger.
In his stories and poems, Scott often addressed the life and culture of the Native Americans, whom he met on canoe trips to northern Ontario with his friend Lapman in the 1890s. After Lampman's death in 1899, he oversaw the publication of several of his volumes of poetry.
After his retirement in 1932, Scott traveled extensively through Canada, the United States and Europe with his second wife, the writer Elise Aylen. His last volume of poetry, The Circle of Affection, and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse, appeared in 1947, a few months before his death.

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