William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms, 1806–70, American novelist, b. Charleston, S.C. He wrote prolifically, both prose and poetry, but it is for his historical romances about his own state that he is remembered and often compared with James Fenimore Cooper. His tales of the Southern frontier include Guy Rivers (1834) and Beauchampe (1842; one part rewritten as Charlemont, 1856); those of colonial times are The Yemassee (1835) and The Cassique of Kiawah (1859); romances of Revolutionary times include a series—The Partisan (1835), Mellichampe (1836), and Katharine Walton (1851)—and The Forayers (1855) and its sequel, Eutaw (1856). He also wrote less successful novels of Spanish history. Besides continually writing fiction, he edited (1849–56) the Southern Quarterly Review and wrote local history and biographies of Francis Marion (1844), Nathanael Greene (1849), and others. His volumes of short stories are entitled Carl Werner (1838) and The Wigwam and the Cabin (two series, both 1845). His home and fortune were destroyed in the Civil War.

See biographies by W. P. Trent (1899, repr. 1968) and J. Guilds (1988); studies by J. Kibler, Jr. (1979) and M. A. Wimsatt (1989).

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William Gilmore Simms: Selected full-text books and articles

William Gilmore Simms By J. V. Ridgely Twayne Publishers, 1962
FREE! William Gilmore Simms By William P. Trent Riverside Press, 1892
William Gilmore Simms as Literary Critic By Edd Winfield Parks University of Georgia Press, 1961
The Yemassee By William Gilmore Simms; Alexander Cowie American Book Company, 1937
FREE! The Life of Francis Marion By W. Gilmore Simms H.G. Langley, 1846
"Foolish Talk 'Bout Freedom": Simms's Vision of America in the Yemassee By King, Vincent Studies in the Novel, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2003
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Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America By James Perrin Warren Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "William Gilmore Simms and the Necessity of Speech"
Antebellum Charleston Dramatists By Charles S. Watson University of Alabama, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "William Gilmore Simms"
The Chief Glory of Every People: Essays on Classic American Writers By Matthew J. Bruccoli Southern Illinois University Press, 1973
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "William Gilmore Simms"
The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature By John D. Kerkering Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "'Our Sacred Union,' 'Our Beloved Appalachia': Nation and Genius Loci in Hawthorne and Simms"
The Idea of a Southern Nation: Southern Nationalists and Southern Nationalism, 1830-1860 By John McCardell W. W. Norton, 1979
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of William Gilmore Simms begins on p. 141
The South in American Literature, 1607-1900 By Jay B. Hubbell Duke University Press, 1973
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of William Gilmore Simms begins on p. 572
William Gilmore Simms: Deviant Paradigms of Southern Womanhood? By Johanyak, Debra The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 4, Fall 1993
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William Gilmore Simms, Woodlands, and the Freedmen's Bureau By Singleton, Robert R The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 1, Winter 1996
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