Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Scholarship | 2003
Transcription The Forayers or The Raid of the Dog Days

Selected Fiction of William Gilmore Simms

Arkansas Edition

Edited with an Afterword, Historical and Textual
Commentary, and Notes by David W. Newton

Introduction by John Caldwell Guilds
Series Editor

Historical novelist William Gilmore Simms first published The Forayers in 1855 at
the peak of his reputation and ability. Simms had set out to create a prose epic
through a series of linked novels detailing American history and struggles from early
colonization to the mid-nineteenth century. The Forayers, which was the sixth book
in his series of eight Revolutionary War novels set in the South, describes events
around Orangeburg, South Carolina, before the Battle of Eutaw Springs (itself cov-
ered in this novel's sequel, Eutaw). It features such characters as Hell-fire Dick, a
hardhearted, foul-mouthed looter under Tory protection. Simms hoped his readers
would find this book "a bold, brave, masculine story; frank, ardent, vigorous; faithful
to humanity." He described it to a friend as "fresh and original" and wrote that "the
characterization [is] as truthful as forcible. It is at once a novel of society & a

David W. Newton is a noted Simms scholar and a professor of English at the State
University of West Georgia. John Caldwell Guilds is Distinguished Professor in
Humanities at the University of Arkansas. He has published extensively on Simms and has
served as the editor of many of his works.