Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Scholarship | 1996
Transcription This passage shows clearly that Nichols bitterly resented the beauty of
Simms's gardens and his status as "Grand Pasha" and one of the "high-
blooded chivalry."
In her excellent recent introduction to Simms's Tales of the South,
Mary Ann Wimsatt has stated that "after the war, Northern historians and
literary historians, backed by the powerful Northern publishing industry,
rewrote American history in a manner fundamentally unsympathetic toward
the South and its authors. The prevailing interpretation of the South, which
still operates in the late twentieth century, has distorted the national
understanding of Southern culture ... and most particularly of Simms."
Even more convincingly, Wimsatt notes that Simms, "because of his pro-
Southern, secessionist stance, has virtually become a national scapegoat."
Major Nichols' assurance that Simms's name will be struck from the annals
of the country provides further proof of Wimsatt's assertions. More
significantly, Nichols' comments reveal that the neglect of Simms had, from
the start, been planned, had been intentional--and clearly had a cultural-
political basis. The desire that Simms would in the future "have no name"
began as early as 1865--and Nichols' own published statements provide
primary documentation of this fact.

Anne Simms Pincus represented the Simms Society at the William Faulkner
birthday celebration in October in New Orleans. She is a governing member of the
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society which sponsored the event. Simms Society
members Rosemary James and Joseph DeSalvo are the Faulkner Society's co-


The biennial meeting of the Simms Society will take place 10-13 April 1997
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The official theme of the
scholarly conference, sponsored by the Simms Society and the Center for the Study
of the South (Chapel Hill, NC), will be "Simms and the Development of American
Letters." Scholarly proposals are being sought on such topics as Simms's role in
the growth of publishing, and aspects of his career as author, editor, and champion