William Gilmore Simms papers
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This collection contains seven handwritten letters and one poem extract written by William Gilmore Simms, a Charleston, South Carolina writer. The letters and poem are dated between 1841 and 1869. Two letters are between Simms and his publisher; three letters request information; and one letter – written the year before his death – talks of his home and garden.
- Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870 (Person)
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William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 17, 1806. Raised by his maternal grandmother, Simms was encouraged to produce patriotic verses and plays as a child.
A prolific writer, Simms' literary career spanned over 35 years. His first novel, Martin Faber, was published in 1833. His final stories, "The Cub of the Panther: A Mountain Legend," and "Voltmeier; or, The Mountain Men," were published in 1869. Edgar Allen Poe suggested that Simms produced the best novels since James Fennimore Cooper. Over the course of his career Simms published over eighty books of poetry, romances, historical novels, essays, and literary criticism. He experienced his greatest popularity prior to the Civil War. His reputation declined after the war due to his racism and outspoken support of slavery and secession.
Simms died on June 11, 1870.
Sources: "Simms, William Gilmore (1806-70)." Oxford Companion to American Literature. Edited by James D. Hart. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983, 690-691.
"William Gilmore Simms." Appletons Encyclopedia. 2001. www.famousamericans.net/williamgilmoresimms/ (26 April 2004).
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The collection contains items of correspondence and one poem extract by the 19th century American author William Gilmore Simms.
Organized into two series. I. Correspondence from William Gilmore Simms, and II. Poem.
Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.
- William Gilmore Simms Papers
- Elizabeth Delaney, 1986; Sarah K. Nytroe, 2004; and Rachael Young
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