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

      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 ...
      Southern Passages and Pictures

      Southern Passages and Pictures

      Antebellum Period | Poetry | George Adlard | 1839
                  Southern Passages and Pictures is a volume of poetry by William Gilmore Simms, although his name is not mentioned directly on the title page. The work announced its author simply as the writer of “Atalantis,” “The Yemassee,” “Guy Rivers,” and “Carl Werner,” perhaps assuming that readers would know Simms in association with his authorship of these well-read works.  The volume was published in December of 1838 by George Adlard, who also published Carl Werner on Simms’s behalf.  Craighead and Allen were the Printers. Although Southern Passages and Pictures was published ...
      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 ...