Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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      The Charleston Book:  A Miscellany in Prose and Verse

      The Charleston Book: A Miscellany in Prose and Verse

      Miscellany | The Reprint Company; Samuel Hart, Sen. | 1845, 1983
                 One of the major American cities of the mid-19th century, Charleston was viewed by its citizens as a hub of culture and erudition equal to that of the other great cities of the time, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.  To illustrate the quality of the city’s intellectual life and literary merits, “Charleston book-seller and Reform Jewish leader Samuel Hart, Sr. proposed that Charlestonians join the trend” of putting together an anthology of writings by city residents, much as several other cities had done throughout the late 1830s.[1]  Simms, the leading ...
      The Golden Christmas: A Chronicle of St. John

      The Golden Christmas: A Chronicle of St. John's, Berkeley

      Novella | Walker, Richards & Co. | 1852
                      Published by Walker & Richards in 1852, The Golden Christmas is novella of social manners set in the lowcountry of Berkeley County near Charleston, South Carolina.  Geography is of central importance to both the book itself and the story within.  Charleston, as the home of the author, the setting of the story, and the location of the publisher and printer is as much the focus of the work as any characters or details of plot; in a 2005 introduction to the novella, critic David Aiken claims that The Golden Christmas “today provides one of the most comprehensive and accurate ...