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Scholarship | 1999
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AND SIMMS SOCIETY NEWS




CINDERELLA AND WOODCRAFT REVISITED

In Simms Review, volume 4, Summer 1996, an essay treated Simms's use
of the Cinderella folktale in Woodcraft. Here Sara Angeletti writes that Simms
"approved heartily of folktales as reading material for children," basing her
comment on a statement made by Simms in his "Our Literary Docket" in the
Charleston Mercurti' of 1859. Nine years earlier, and two years before Woodcraft,
Simms had reviewed Fairy Tales From All Nations by Anthony R. Montalba,
published by Harper's of New York in 1850. Here he writes: "Fairy tales for
youth are, of all others, the best calculated to impart proper lessons. They
inculcate a faith, always, in a prevailing Providence, and teach habits, invariably,
of the most becoming reverence. The collection before us is a very pleasing one;
full of stories which combine fresh fancies and fantastics, with the ancient morals
of the class." Simms's comment on faith in a "prevailing Providence" relates
directly to the novelist's worldview in Woodcraft. For Simms's review of Fain'
Tales, see Southern Quarterly Review, new series volume 1 (July 1850), p.540.

A NOTE FROM JAPAN

Masahiro Nakamura of Aichi University in Japan, despite illness these past few years, has continued active on the Simms front. He has been translating Simms stories into Japanese and sends us an offprint of his essay "A Responsive Reading of Simms's Border Romances," published in The Bulletin of Aichi University, 46 (March 1997), 9-17. We wish Professor Nakamura good health and continued success in his scholarship in Japan.

Professor Nakamura requests information on how Simms came to publish his works with Lippincott, Grambo & Co., and what relationship he had with the publishers of the firm. He wonders if Evert Duyckinck had any ties to Lippincott or in any way facilitated Simms's publishing with them. Any help will be appreciated. He may be reached at:


15-12, Tatsumidai, 1-chome
Okazaki, Aichi 444-0873
Japan.
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