Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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      Helen Halsey, or The Swamp State of Conelachita: A Tale of the Borders

      Helen Halsey, or The Swamp State of Conelachita: A Tale of the Borders

      Novella | Burgess, Stringer & Co. | 1845
                      While one of the lesser-known of Simms’s border romances, the novella Helen Halsey is nevertheless a strong work, indicative of the overall project the author undertook in that series.  The first mention of Helen Halsey in the Letters was in June 1843.  By September, Simms told James Lawson that the work was “nearly ready.”  Helen Halsey was “to follow up” Simms’s ghost story Castle Dismal, a work he announces in the same letter to be sending to “the Harpers.”[1]  Letters to Lawson from this time period indicate that the author was interested in shopping ...