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The Simms Reader: Selections from the Writings of William Gilmore Simmsby Guilds, John Caldwell
Publisher: University Press of Virginia
Retail Price: $42.50
Issue: Summer 2001
A Southerner by birth, William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was a man of letters who traveled in prominent East Coast literary circles. But as a proponent of secession both his reputation and income suffered in late life. This reader recovers letters, essays, and poems by Simms, written during the last three decades of his life, that address such topics as slavery, history, nature, and literature. Footnotes annotate the text, and a biographical essay puts Simms's life and career in context.