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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription INTRODUCTION xix Notes
1. William Gilmore Simms, Voltmeier; or, the Mountain Men, vol. 1 of The
Centennial Writings of William Gilmore Simms, ed. James B. Meriwether
(Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1969), 212. During Simms's
lifetime Voltmeier was published serially in 1869.
2. See John Caldwell Guilds, "The Strength to Endure," in Simms: A Literary
Life (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1992), 304-27.
3. Unfortunately for Simms's literary reputation, William Peterfield Trent's
condescending thesis that "the man was greater than his works" (first voiced
by Paul Hamilton Hayne) was until recently largely accepted by literary schol-
ars and historians alike. See Trent, William Gilmore Simms (Boston: Houghton
Mifflin, 1892), 320—32. See also John Caldwell Guilds, "`Long Years of Neglect':
Atonement at Last?" in "Long Years of Neglect": The Work and Reputation of
William Gilmore Simms, ed. John Caldwell Guilds (Fayetteville: University of
Arkansas Press, 1988), 3-15.
4. See Simms's letter of December 19, 1865, to E. A. Duyckinck: ". . . I do a
daily amount of drudgery for my own & the good of the public ..." (L, IV, 527).
5. War Poetry of the South (New York: C. B. Richardson, 1866) was issued in
November 1866, attracting generally favorable reviews throughout the South.
6. Simms's 1847 journal is preserved in the Charles Carroll Simms Collection
under the heading "Personal and Literary Memorials," South Caroliniana
Library, University of South Carolina. See Miriam J. Shillingsburg's Afterword,
below, 252.
7. The third "romance" which Simms was "meditating" was apparently "on
the Old French Wars, including Washington's early career & Braddocks
defeat"—a work he seems never to have written (L, V, 171).
8. For a discussion of the possible reasons for the missing chapters and their
effect on the text of The Cub of the Panther, see Shillingsburg, "Historical and
Textual Commentary," below, 269.
9. In one of this last letters to Paul Hamilton Hayne, Simms expressed the
"desire that I be permitted to die in harness" (L, V, 286); in an even later letter,
to E. A. Duyckinck, he prophesied: "I prefer, like the swan, to die singing" (L,
V, 294). What is remarkable is that Simms continued to think, talk, and write
literature even as he was slowly succumbing to cancer.