Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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      Monody, on the Death of Gen. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

      Monody, on the Death of Gen. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

      Poetry | 1825
      In 1825, a nineteen-year-old Simms published his first major work, Monody, on the Death of Gen. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and thus took his initial step toward establishing himself as one of the leading literary voices in Charleston.  His work at this time, and especially in this long poem, pointed to intellectual concerns that would follow him throughout his literary career.  Monody was published during one of Simms’s first periods of sustained literary labor, his acting as editor of the Album: A Weekly Miscellany, a magazine first published on 2 July 1825, and then every Saturday for the rest ...