Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1996
OSSOLI.) Edited br R. W. Emerson and W. H. Chan-
ning.- In two volumes 12mo. From the press of Phillips,
Sampson & Co. (Charleston: John Rostell.
The Marcheas Oeoli, née Fuller, was one of
those clever, and somewhat pragmatical female
writers, whom our Yankee friends are apt to re-
gard as domestic prodigies. She was certainly a
prodigy of self-esteem. She had considerable
and various talent, no doubt; but seems to have
laboured under an evi1 social training, that
tended to confirm this self-esteem,----which, large-
ly developed from the beginning, drew, finally,
into a despotism, at once, for herself and her
neighbours. A flippant society of self-constituted
philosophers, creatures at once pert and dull, min-
istered daily to this infirmity, and did much to pre-
vent the proper application of her power, and to
defeat the just performance of her faculties. She
had a good deal of the practical talent, more than
she employed ; and was shrewd and smart, at the
same time, in discussion ; but always argueing in
a circle, or from falsely assumed premises. She
ranked as a reformer, after the schools of Fou-
rier, Brisbane, Channing, Greeley, and that tribe
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