Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1999
Transcription New Series Southern Literary Gazette "Prospectus" May 1829

Robert Schindler

In early 1829, the twenty-three year old William Gilmore Simms and his
co-editor of The Southern Literary Gazette James Wright Simmons parted ways in
their publishing venture. When they did so, the Gazette was a monthly. The
indomitable Simms plunged ahead on his own with the 15 May 1829 issue
announcing a "New Series" of the Gazette as a semi-monthly. Simms described
his goals for the magazine in the prospectus reproduced below.
Alas, his ambitious new effort did not prevail. Paraphrasing John Guilds
in his Simms, A Literary Life, Simms was the Gazette's chief cook and bottle-
washer, not only editing the publication, but also contributing well over a hundred
pieces. Despite his efforts, it lasted only to November 1829. With one issue of a
"successor" magazine named The Pleiades and Southern Literary Gazette, the
periodical came to an end.
One has to marvel at the singular intellectual energy displayed by Simms,
a new husband, father, and member of the bar, in composing and overseeing the
periodical. Apart from his own original literary contributions, he had also to find
the time to court contributors and subscribers and to read the numerous books he
reviewed. Truly, Simms was a literary whirling dervish, and it is no wonder that
he would go on to produce the immense body of competent literature, history, and
criticism that was to flow from his pen. The May 1829 "Prospectus," printed on
the verso of the paper cover of the "New Series" of The Southern Literary Gazette
is here reproduced from the copy in the possession of the author.