The Simms Reader: Selections from the Writings of William Gilmore Simms

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Long considered a leading literary figure of the Old South, William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) wrote letters, novels, short fiction, drama, essays, and poetry in his prolific career. Born in Charleston to an old South Carolina family of modest means and raised by a grandmother with whom his father left him after his mother's death, Simms felt a simultaneous sense of loyalty to and alienation from his native region. He was a major intellectual figure on the East Coast before the Civil War but saw his New York ...

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Long considered a leading literary figure of the Old South, William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) wrote letters, novels, short fiction, drama, essays, and poetry in his prolific career. Born in Charleston to an old South Carolina family of modest means and raised by a grandmother with whom his father left him after his mother's death, Simms felt a simultaneous sense of loyalty to and alienation from his native region. He was a major intellectual figure on the East Coast before the Civil War but saw his New York publishers abandon him after secession, of which he was a vocal supporter.

Simms's novels and poetry have been published in modern editions, and he has been the subject of numerous biographies and critical studies, but until now there has been no collection covering the broad spectrum of his writings. The Simms Reader presents a selection of his nonnovelistic work--letters, short fiction, essays, historical writings, poetry, and epigrams--chosen and introduced by the preeminent Simms scholar John Caldwell Guilds.

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Simms scholar Guilds presents a selection of the non-novelistic work<-->letters, short fiction, essays, historical writings, poetry, and epigrams<-->of William Gilmore Simms, a leading literary figure of the Old South. The anthology attempts to catch the essence of Simms, the man and writer, which can be a difficult task since he wrote no universally renowned masterpiece to certify him quickly. The book includes a chronology. It contains a title index; however, a subject index would have enhanced usefulness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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John Caldwell Guilds, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Arkansas, is the author of Simms: A Literary Life and the editor of numerous editions of Simms's work.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Statement of Editorial Principles 36
Chronology 38
Letters
1 To James Lawson, April 15, 1836 43
2 To Armistead Burst, January 26, 1845 46
3 To Benjamin F. Perry, February 13, 1845 48
4 To Evert A. Duyckinck, March 15, 1845 50
5 To James H. Hammond, May 20, 1845 53
6 To Edgar Allan Poe, July 30, 1846 55
7 To James H. Hammond, December 11, 1846 58
8 To Nathanial Beverley Tucker, April 5, 1849 61
9 To John Pendleton Kennedy, May 12, 1851 64
10 To George Frederick Holmes, July 15, 1853 67
11 To Mary Lawson, July 13, 1854 68
12 To Justus Starr Redfield, May 4, 1856 70
13 To James H. Hammond, December 8, 1856 73
14 To Orville J. Victor, September 1859 76
15 To James Lawson, December 31, 1860 78
16 To William Porcher Miles, December 31, 1860 79
17 To William Gilmore Simms, Jr. November 7, 1861 80
18 To Paul Hamilton Hayne, September 23, 1863 83
19 To Edward Spann Hammond, November 20, 1864 85
20 To Benjamin F. Perry, March 6, 1865 87
21 To Evert A. Duyckinck, November 25, 1869 89
22 To Paul Hamilton Hayne, December 22, 1869 91
23 To William Cullen Bryant, April 9, 1870 94
24 To William Hawkins Ferris, May 27, 1870 96
Fiction
Indian Sketch (1828) 101
Grayling, or, 'Murder Will Out' (1845) 109
The Two Camps: A Legend of the Old North State (1845) 136
Lucas de Ayllon: A Historical Nouvellette (1845) 160
How Sharp Snaffles Got His Capital and Wife (1870) 194
Nonfiction
Notes of a Small Tourist - No. 10 (1831) 235
Advertisement, The Yemassee: A Romance of Carolina (1835) 238
Advertisement, The Partisan: A Tale of the Revolution (1835) 240
From Slavery in America, Being a Brief Review of Miss Martineau on That Subject (1838) 244
From A Letter to the Editor, by the Author of 'The Loves of the Driver' (1841) 248
From The Social Principle: The True Source of National Prominence (1843) 256
From Caloya, or, The Loves of the Driver, in The Wigwam and the Cobin (1845) 268
On Poe's Tales (1845) 270
Americanism in Literature (1845) 271
The Four Periods of American History (1845) 288
From The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper (1845) 298
From The Life of the Chevalier Bayard (1847) 308
On Walter Scott (1849) 315
From The Southern Convention (1850) 317
From Poetry and the Practical (1854) 327
From Advertisement, Richard Hurdis: A Tale of Alabama (1855) 338
From Dedication, The Wigwam and the Cabin (1856) 339
From South Carolina in the Revolution: A Lecture (1856) 340
From Sack and Destruction of the City of Columbia, S.C. (1865) 345
Poetry
Sonnet - To My Books (1823) 371
The Broken Arrow (1825) 371
The Wilderness (1826) 372
Carolina Woods (1836, 1847) 375
Ashley River (1838) 375
Invocation (1838) 376
Taming the Wild Horse (1838) 377
The Western Emigrants (1836, 1853) 379
Harbor by Moonlight (1844, 1845) 382
Sonnet - The Age of Gold (1844, 1853) 382
Accabee - A Ballad (1845) 383
Heedlessness (1845) 384
Tzelica - A Tradition of the French Broad (1845) 384
Indian Serenade (1846) 386
The Grape Vine Swing (1848, 1853) 388
Shakespeare (1843) 388
Scott (1848, 1853) 389
The Poet (1858) 389
The Edge of the Swamp (1836, 1853) 390
Hayne - Let the Death-Bell Toll (1858, 1860) 392
'Tis True That Last Night I Adored Thee (1859, 1860) 394
Raisons in Law and Liquor (1859, 1863) 394
[Drummond's Dithyrambic] (1852) 395
The Voice of Memory in Exile, from a Home in Ashes (1865) 395
The Kiss behind the Door (1866, 1870) 396
Life, Struggle and Defeat (1842, 1867) 397
Sonnet - Exhaustion (1867) 397
Nelly's Sex (n.d.) 398
Politician (n.d.) 398
The Ballad of the Big Belly (1847, 1869) 398
Select Bibliography 401
Titles Index 411
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