The late Roy Simmonds' biography of March, published by the University of Alabama Press in 1984, is entitled The Two Worlds of William March. Through good fortune and hard work, Bill Campbell had become a successful executive and stockholder of the Waterman Steamship Corporation, which grew steadily after the end of World War I. Meanwhile he pursued literary ambitions that were totally unrelated to his business career. Our website will have extensive material from Simmonds' book, voiced by a British actor portraying Simmonds and explaining Simmonds' view of the two worlds Bill Campbell inhabited. Always conservatively dressed and well-groomed, "he looked like a salesman" according to his friend Elizabeth McGowin. But within the businessman Bill Campbell and the writer William March was a deeply conflicted mind and what McGowin describes as a fascinating and sometimes frightening view of humanity.
He was financially secure and, according to scholars Rosemary Reisman and Bert Hitchcock, secure as well in the high praise he continued to receive as a writer of short fiction. Here we will discuss March's mastery of the short story form and the four novels he wrote between his first novel Company K and his last, The Bad Seed.