Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
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stories, and prose articles in the newspaper, Simms severed connections
with it in May 1866 when it was moved from Charleston to Columbia,
its original seat of publication (L, IV, 560). Still finding it necessary to
grub for finances, he then formed an alliance with the Charleston
Courier, writing for it not only book reviews but a section called "New
York Correspondence," letters he sent to the newspaper from New York
during his visit there during July–September 1866.
A more significant editing assignment for Simms in 1866 was a col-
lection of "Southern Poetry of the War," whose forthcoming publica-
tion was announced in the Daily South Carolinian of December
15, 1865. In February 1866 New York publisher Charles Benjamin
Richardson proposed publishing the edition under terms not totally
satisfactory to Simms an offer Simms nevertheless accepted, "need-
ing money as I do" (L, IV, 536). Using his personal relationships with,
and wide knowledge of, Southern poets to great advantage, Simms was
not content with publishing simply the best random selections sent to
him; he recruited poems from the well-known writers, from various
regions of the South, attempting to recognize the region's cultural and
geographic diversity. Finally, during his visit to New York in the sum-
mer of 1866, the editor wrote his son back home at Woodlands: "My
volume of the War Poems, is now in the hands of the printers ..." (L,
IV, 581)5; he had found, however, "little to encourage me in the literary
prospect," adding the following commentary:
The hands of the Publishers are full of Books, & the public demand
for them seems to be lessened, except in regard to books of a certain
class, such chiefly as have originated in the war. As a matter of course,
Southern books on this frightful subject, have a more limited
demand, and one written & published under such embarrasments,
that a truly Southern man who is patriotic & honest, cannot readily
write them.
Finding book publication almost impossible, Simms resorted to serial
publication: Joscelyn; A Tale of the Revolution, a novel of the pre
Revolutionary War period, was published in twelve monthly install-
ments in the Old Guard beginning in 1867; and in 1869 Voltmeier; or
the Mountain Men, a Border novel set in North Carolina, was published
in twenty-six weekly installments in the Illuminated Western World.
During 1869 Simms brought out serially yet another novel which, like
Voltmeier, was set in the mountains of North Carolina and likewise
drew heavily upon the annotations the author made during his 1847
visit to the region.6 Like Joscelyn in 1867, The Cub of the Panther in 1869
was published serially in twelve monthly installments (January–