Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription ALL THE GREATER.
SIMMS ALSO INCORPORATED THE POEM "GREAT IS THE YEMASSEE"
FROM NUMBER 2, INTO HIS NOVEL; AND JULIA IN "CHRONICLES" IS LIKELY
THE PROTOTYPE OF HESS MATTHEWS IN THE ROMANCE. "CHRONICLES
OF ASHLEY RIVER" IS THUS CLEARLY A MAJOR SOURCE OF ONE OF
SIMMS'S MOST FAMOUS NOVELS—HIS FIRST OF THREE COLONIAL
ROMANCES. SIMMS'S PORTRAYAL OF RORY M'ALLISTER AND BE I TY
O'CONNELLY, TWO SCOTS-IRISH CHARACTERS WHOSE DIALECT IS
REALISTICALLY PRESENTED, IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING BECAUSE
SIMMS'S OWN FATHER AND HIS UNCLE JAMES WERE THEMSELVES
SCOTS-IRISH IMMIGRANTS FROM NEAR BELFAST. COUNTY ANTIUM,
NORTHERN IRELAND, AND WHO MAY HAVE SPOKEN IN SIMILAR FASHION.
SIMMS ALSO WORKED IN THE LAW-OFFICE OF THE CARROLLS, ANOTHER
COUNTY ANTRIM IMMIGRANT FAMILY, SO THUS HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY
TO GET THE DIALECT RIGHT. HE HAD A GOOD EAR FOR THE SPOKEN
WORD FROM THE START. (SEE JAMES KIBLER, "SIMMS'S IRISH" IN THE
SIMMS REVIEW, VOL. IX, NO. II {WINTER 2002}, PP. 1-7.)
THE TEXT OF "CHRONICLES OF ASHLEY RIVER" IS REPRODUCED
PHOTOGRAPHICALLY FROM THE PAGES OF A COPY OF THE SOUTHERN
LITERARY GAZETTE AT THE SOUTH CAROLINIANA LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY
OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE HAVE BEEN NO EMENDATIONS OF SOME
OBVIOUS TYPESET FIND ERRORS.
James E. Kibler