Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2004
Transcription helped to make literature that was distinctly American by including elements of
folk culture from Europe as well as from his own continent, and that he was one
of the originators of a distinctly American humor. Guy Rivers is a combination of
various literary techniques that helps to create a mythology of the American
frontier. Rayburn Moore wrote: "The frontier is that land where primitive
conditions prevail and where civilization has yet to take hold. The characters and
the language illustrate this mixture of the savage and the civilized ... this is new
territory, and Simms is the first to deal with it in a novel."4° I trust that what
present here bears out Moore's thinking and demonstrates a signal facet in
Simms's art.










40 Moore, p. 60

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