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Transcription 108 THE SIMMS REVIEW


Notes
The author is indebted to Nicholas Meriwether, Matthew Brennan, and Lauren
LaFauci for their kind guidance and thoughtful readings of this essay.
1. For a comprehensive study of the similarities between Simms and Emerson,
see James Everett Kibler, Jr.'s introduction to Selected Poems of William
Gilmore Simms; for Simms and Wordsworth, see Matthew C. Brennan's "Simms,
Wordsworth, and `The Mysterious Teachings of the Natural World."'
2. For more on Simms's knowledge of local flora and fauna, see Kibler,
"Simms as Naturalist: Lowcountry Landscape in his Revolutionary Novels."
For Simms's thoughts on agricultural practices, see Brennan, "The Nature of
Simms's Southern Ecology", and Eric William Ensley, "Farmer Simms and His
Agricultural Critique of Nash Roach."
3. As it was the final version of the text published by Simms in his lifetime, I will
quote from the 1867 Courier series, using the corrected versions of the poems
that appear in Kibler's Selected Poems. Since the series itself went unnamed
in Simms's own lifetime, I will also follow Kibler's example and identify the
collection of poems by the heading that precedes their first draft in Simms's
"Personal and Literary Memorials."
4. See Brennan's "Simms, Wordsworth, and `The Mysterious Teachings of the
Natural World"' for an especially insightful reading of the nightmarish landscape
of "Boy Lost in the Woods" (44).



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Kibler, James Everett, Jr. "Perceiver and Perceived: External Landscape as
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