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      Lays of the Palmetto: A Tribute to the South Carolina Regiment, in the War with Mexico.

      Lays of the Palmetto: A Tribute to the South Carolina Regiment, in the War with Mexico.

      Poetry | John Russell | 1848
                  Lays of the Palmetto is a collection of poems that William Gilmore Simms wrote in honor of the South Carolina regiment that participated in the war with Mexico.  Many of the poems were originally published in the Charleston Courier in February and March of 1848.[1] Simms is directly identified as the author of the work on the title page.  In a March 23, 1848 letter to his friend and New York agent, James Lawson, Simms indicated to him that he had “just finished,” the work and was preparing it to go to press.[2]  In late July 1848, Lays of the Palmetto was published by John ...
      Norman Maurice; or, The Man of the People.  An American Drama.

      Norman Maurice; or, The Man of the People. An American Drama.

      Drama | Walker and Richards | 1852
                      Throughout his long career, Simms was regularly concerned with theatre, though drama would always be the genre with which he had the least commercial and critical success.  Norman Maurice; or,The Man of the the People is perhaps Simms’s best dramatic work, though its failings are typical of his theatrical frustrations.  Norman Maurice was a lofty experiment, mixing contemporary politics with common language presented in the format of the Elizabethan tragedy.  Written in strict blank verse, Norman Maurice is a play in which the Constitutional and slavery questions that ...