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The Two Worlds of William March is a work in progress, both a feature documentary film and website. The project will be completed during the centennial of World War I, in which March served and which formed the mindset informing all of his fiction: from his early, acerbic short stories; to his devastating 1933 novel Company K; to his final and most famous novel The Bad Seed, published shortly before his death in 1954. March lived in two worlds: as William Edward Campbell, stockholder and executive of the Waterman Steamship Corporation in his native Mobile, traveling to New York, London and Hamburg to set up new offices; and as William March, the writer whose inner conflicts were the source of both his fiction and his eventual mental breakdown in the late 1940s. The site will contain extensive new photographic and video material as well as interview and dramatic footage shot in the early 2000s.
This project has been developed to date through the generous support of the Ben May Charitable Trust, the A.S. Mitchell Foundation, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Monte Moorer Foundation, and is a collaboration between the Foundation for New Media and the Mobile Public Library.