Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
1. The history of writing The Cub of the Panther may be found in the fifth
volume of Letters.
2. If set in type, the omitted manuscript would have comprised about 81A
pages, making the present fourth installment 22 pages, by far the longest in
the serialization. From evidence in the Letters and the thirty-five manuscript
leaves, it seems that approximately 35/ pages of manuscript made up one
double-column page of type. If Book First had been printed in January, it
would have been 28 pages long; if Book Second had been divided after chap-
ter five, which closes a hunting expedition, that segment would have been 22
pages; and if the remainder of Book Second including the deleted 35 pages of
manuscript had made the third installment, it would have been 19 printed
pages. That is, Simms seems to have thought each issue would be nearly twice
as long as its present length, accounting for his belief that the "romancelet"
would appear in six issues rather than the twelve that were used.
3. Donald Davidson and Mary C. Simms Oliphant, "Introduction," in
William Gilmore Simms, Voltmeier; or, the Mountain Men, vol. 1 of The
Centennial Writings of William Gilmore Simms, edited by James B. Meriwether
(Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1969), xxii.
4. William J. Widdleton became Simms's publisher in 1860 when J. S.
Redfield's business failed. Apparently Widdleton misrepresented to Simms
the number of copies of the books on hand at the time, and Simms never
really trusted him. Widdleton took over the Redfield plates, reissuing the
books in a new binding, but adding nothing new to the Redfield collection of
Simms's works. It was in Widdleton's series that Simms wanted to publish
The Cub "uniform with other books" (L, V, 279; see also L, IV, 250nff).
5. William Gilmore Simms, "Summer Travel in the South," Southern
Quarterly Review 17 (September 1850), 51.
6. A Collection of Hayne Letters, edited by D. M. McKeithan (Austin:
Univerity of Texas Press, 1944), 220.