Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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      The Cosmopolitan:  An Occasional

      The Cosmopolitan: An Occasional

      Miscellany | Wm. Estill | 1833
                      Simms was the primary, anonymous contributor to the Cosmopolitan: An Occasional, and the two numbers of this short-lived publication reveal the state of his talents at the end of his apprenticeship period.  Issued in May and July 1833 by Wm. Estill of Charleston, the two issues of the Cosmopolitan are among the works leading to what John C. Guilds calls Simms’s “flurry of literary efforts that produced four major works of fiction within the next two years.”.[1] As such, Guilds suggests that the Cosmopolitan be considered not so much for the quality of Simms’s inconsistent ...
      The Remains of Maynard Davis Richardson with a Memoir of His Life

      The Remains of Maynard Davis Richardson with a Memoir of His Life

      Documents | O. A. Roorback | 1833
                      One of Simms’s most personal works, The Remains of Maynard Davis Richardson is an editorial project the writer undertook after his good friend Richardson’s premature death at the age of 20 on 12 October 1832.  While details about their friendship remain scarce, it is known that Richardson accompanied Simms on the writer’s first trip to the North,[1] and Simms dedicated his long 1832 narrative poem Atalantis to him, referring to the younger man’s “high moral and intellectual worth” in his dedicatory note.  The families of the two men had been long acquainted ...
      The Sword and the Distaff; or, "Fair, Fat and Forty," A Story of the South, at the Close of Revolution

      The Sword and the Distaff; or, "Fair, Fat and Forty," A Story of the South, at the Close of Revolution

      Novel (Romance) | Walker, Richards & Co. | 1852
             Written in the “midst of one of the most productive creative surges in his career,”[1] Woodcraft; or, Hawks About the Dovecote: A Story of the South at the Close of the Revolution makes the most serious and sustained claim as Simms’s masterpiece in the novel form.[2]  The fifth novel composed in Simms’s saga of the American Revolution, it is set during the chaotic close and aftermath of the war.  This makes it the last (eighth) Revolutionary Romance in terms of chronological action. As the work opens, the British are evacuating Charleston in December 1782. Then the novel shifts ...