by George J. Dance

Emund Broadus

Edmund Broadus (1876-1936). Courtesy University of Alberta Alumni Association.

Edmund Kemper Broadus (August 27, 1876 - December 17, 1936) was an American-born Canadian poet and academic.[1]


Broadus was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Sarah Jane (Botts) and Thomas Andrew Broadus. He earned a B.A. from Columbian College in 1897, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1900, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1908.[1]

He was a professor at John B. Stetson University in Deland, Florida (1900-03), the University of South Dakota (1903-06), and Harvard University (1906-08).[1]

He married Eleanor Hammond in 1900; they had one son, Kemper Hammond Brozdus,[1] who also wrote and published poetry.

In 1908 he joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta (U of A), where he taught until his death in 1936. He was a member of the University's Graduate Studies Committee, and twice (in 1916-1918 and 1928-1930) a member of its Senate. In 1919, he lectured in English at Trinity College, Oxford.[1]

A U of A graduate who took Broadus's class in 1915 has given a vivid description of him at that time:

Dr. Broadus entered in his ragged gown of rusty black (both students and professors being required to wear gowns in those days) and regarded us solemnly through the smoked glasses which he always wore, while his characteristic little palsied shake of the head, accentuated [by] his Vandyke beard, made his appearance still more portentous to us. After roll-call, he told us in his clipped Harvard enunciation with still a trace of his native Virginian, just what the course would involve.[2]

He died in Edmonton, Alberta.[1]


Broadus received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Alberta in 1933. In 1934, he was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Canada.[1]

Since 1972 the U of A Department of English has sponsored an annual series of Edmund Kemper Brodus Lectures.[3]



Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

Poems by Edmund BroadusEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Edmund Broadus, University of Alberta Centenary, 2008. University of Alberta. Web, May 25, 2015.
  2. Georgina Thomson, "The Burning Word", History Trails, Winter 1957/58, University of Alberta Alumni Association. Web, May 26, 2015.
  3. Edmund Kemper Brodus Lecture Series, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta. Web, May 25, 2015.
  4. Search results = au:Edmund Broadus, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 25, 2015.

External linksEdit

  • Kemper Hammond Broadus in Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922: "Burnt Out," "Blizzard"
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