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Secondary Scholarship | 1997
Transcription ' Turner's essay appeared in Papers on Poe, ed. Richard P. Veler. Wittenburg, Ohio: Chantry
Music Press, 1972, pp. 140-160.

2 Kenneth Silverman, Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. New York:
Harper Collins, 1991, pp. 237-241.

3 Edd Winfield Parks. Ante-Bellum Southern Literary Critics. Athens: University of Georgia
Press, 1962, p. 83. Comments on the "literati' appear in the Charleston Southern Patriot, 20 July
1846 [p. 2].

4 The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, ed. Mary C. Simms Oliphant, Alfred Taylor Odell, and
T. C. Duncan Eaves. Columbia, S. C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1854, 3: 285-86.

5 Letters, 4: 454

6 "Poe's Poetry," Southern Patriot, 10 November 1845, [p. 2]. Reprinted in The Simms Review,
1 (Winter 1993), 20-25. Interestingly, in a review of Simms's verse published in the Southern
Literary Messenger, 32 (February 1861), 156, a critic chastises Simms's slovenly irregularity in
poetic measures with this put-down: "Poe never omitted a word which added much strength
because it also added a little length."

7 Southern Patriot, 2 March 1846, [p. 2]; see also Dwight Thomas and David K. Jackson, The Poe
Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1987, p. 592.

8 "Our Bureau," Southern and Western Magazine, 2 (December 1845), 246-247. Reprinted in The
Simms Review, 4 (Winter 1996), 26-27. See also Letters, 2: 78, 89, 92, 94-95. Poe himself
deplored what he considered as the over-representation of his ratiocinative tales. See Poe's letter to
Philip Pendleton Cooke, 9 August 1846, in The Letters of Edgar Allen Poe, ed. John Ward
Ostrom. rev. ed. New York: Gordian Press, 1966, pp. 328-29.

9 Pertinent comments on Germanism from Simms himself appear in "A Dream of the Earth," The
Book of My Lady (1833) and Carl Werner (1838). See, for examples of a reviewer's regard of
Simms's work, a notice of The Magnolia for 1837 in The New-Yorker, 29 August 1836, p. 365,
which designates Simms's "Conrad Weickhoff' a "German tale of unequivocal excellence though
of characteristic horror. An admirer of German diablerie would consider it the best in the book";
and entries in my The Gothic's Gothic. New York: Garland, 1988, pp. 148-152, which point up
Germanic features in Simms's writings. For Simms's unsympathetic attitude toward Poe after the
latter's death, see Letters, 6: 235-39.





















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