Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novella | Lippincott, Grambo, and Co. | 1853


                Marie de Berniere: A Tale of the Crescent City is a collection of stories published in 1853 by Lippincott, Grambo, and Co. of Philadelphia.  In addition to the title story, the collection includes “The Maroon” and “Maize in Milk.”  Each story was published serially prior to the collection and gradually expanded from its serial version into novella form.  In a 20 June 1853 to James Henry Hammond, Simms mentioned “collecting my scattered novellettes & tales.  You have probably seen ‘Marie de Berniere &c.’ This will be followed up by other vols. of similar material; all of which will yield me a little money.”[1]  In 1855, Lippincott, Grambo, and Co. published the same collection under the title of the second story, The Maroon: A Legend of the Caribees, and Other Tales.  The work embodies Simms’s commitment to publishing shorter works of fiction; as he wrote to publisher John R. Thompson in a 10 January 1863 letter, Simms believed tales such as these should be collected “for reading in camp and along the highways.”[2]