Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Title Introduction

Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription JOSCEL YN
Although Simms apparently conceived the idea and did
some of the research for Joscelyn as early as 1858, the actual
writing of his eighth and last novel of the Revolution did not
take place until after the Civil War, in 1866 and 1867. Its
serial publication in the New York monthly magazine The
Old Guard was suspended after the issue of December 1867
with several chapters sj needed to finish the stories of the
central characters en though Joscelyn as a separate fic-
tional narrative is in some ways incomplete, in it Simms
nevertheless accomplished his purpose of giving ``fie _opening
scene in t e grand drama of the seven years' war of the Revo-
lution in the South."
Joscelyn was not brought out in book form until its pub-
lication in 1975 by the University of South Carolina Press,
with an introduction and notes by Stephen E. Meats and the
text established by Keen Butterworth. The text of the
present volume was reproduced by offset from the first
impression of this first book edition.