Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Item informationTitle: The Tri-Color; or The Three Days of Blood in Paris. With Some Other Pieces
Genre: Poetry
Call number: 811s Si4t
Attribution: Letters, I, 38 -- Letters, I, 163 -- Letters, II, 471 -- Letters, V, 356.
Publication information Edition: 1
  • Copyright date: 1830
  • Publication date: c. 1831
  • Digitalization date: 2010-07

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Digitization Digital collection: William Gilmore Simms Digital Collection
Rights: Digital Copyright © 2010, The University of South Carolina. All rights reserved. For more information contact The South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208
Resource identifier prefix: TC_1830
On demand printing? No
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Sources/ReviewsSources consulted by researcher:
  • The Poetry of William Gilmore Simms: An Introduction and Bibliography
Physical Information
  • Copy 1
Composition history

William Gilmore Simms published The Tri-Color; or the Three Days of Blood, in Paris. With Some Other Pieces in the winter of 1830 or the spring of 1831.  He did so anonymously, and the advertisement at the front of the text says simply, “The Work, now offered to the notice of the British Public, is by an American Citizen.”  Though Simms told James Lawson that he did not “wish to be known as its author for a variety of reasons,” he did list it among his publications multiple times within his letters.  Writing to Rufus Wilmot Griswold a decade after publication Simms remembered that he wrote Tri-Color “at a few sittings, or rather, goose-like, standing on one leg,” and self-deprecatingly offered that it, along with a few of his other early works, represented “performances either of boyhood or of extreme youth.”

Bibliographic citation Simms, William Gilmore.  The Tri-Color; or The Three Days of Blood in Paris.  With Some Other Pieces.  London: Wigfall & Davis, Strand, 1830.
Description ''Tan hard paper boards, with brown cloth spine. No stamping on cover or spine…Page measures 13.2 x 21.8 cm'' (Kibler 61).
Notes This is c.2 (copy two) of the text at the University of South Carolina.