Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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      The Life of Captain John Smith. The Founder of Virginia.

      The Life of Captain John Smith. The Founder of Virginia.

      British Colonial History | Biography | Geo. F. Cooledge & Brother | 1847
                 The Life of Captain John Smith was published by George F. Cooledge & Brother in March 1847 as part of The Illustrated Library series intended for school libraries and general reading.[1]  Simms’s letters indicate that he began the biography as early as November 1844 when he wrote to George Frederick Holmes: “I have half contracted to prepare a Life of Sumter, one of Paul Jones, and a third of John Smith, with a new edition of his history of Virginia.”[2]  By the middle of the month Simms informed James Lawson he had already “written a chapter.”  The process of getting ...
      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

      Antebellum Period | 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 ...
      Views and Reviews in American Literature, History and Fiction

      Views and Reviews in American Literature, History and Fiction

      Antebellum Period | Reviews/Essays | Wiley and Putnam | 1845 - 1846
                Part of the Wiley and Putnam’s highly influential Library of American Books, Simms’s two-volume Views and Reviews in American Literature, History and Fiction, shows the author theorizing the “American” aspects of American literature, as well as the relationship between America’s history and its imaginative writing.  In this, we can see Simms presenting and promoting the cultural agenda of the “Young America” movement, whose members included Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne.  Views and Reviews is thus a central text in understanding the struggle for defining American literature ...