Chapter 3: Nineteenth Century to 1865

William Gilmore Simms

Paul P. Reuben
October 16, 2016


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Primary Works

A prolific writer, Simms published (before the Civil War) eighteen volumes of poetry, thirty volumes of fiction, biographies, essays, and articles. Given below are a few of the titles:

Martin Faber: The Story of a Criminal, 1833; The Yemassee. A Romance of Carolina, 1835 (e-text); The Life of Francis Marion (Gutenberg text); The Wigwam and the Cabin, 1845; The Sword and the Distaff, 1852; Woodcraft, 1854; The partisan: a romance of the revolution; 1856.

The writings of William Gilmore Simms. Centennial edition. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 1969. PS2840 .A1 v.1

An Early Strong Sympathy: The Indian Writings of William Gilmore Simms. Guilds, John C. ed. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2003.

Martin Faber: The Story of a Criminal with 'Confessions of a Murderer.' Guilds, John C. ed. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 2005.

Eutaw: A Sequel to the Forayers, or the Raid of the Dog Days. Newton, David W. and Guilds, John C. eds. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 2007.

Selected Poems of William Gilmore Simms. Kibler, James E. ed. Columbia, SC: U of South Carolina P, 2010.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Brennan, Matthew C. The Poet's Holy Craft: William Gilmore Simms and Romantic Verse Tradition. Columbia, SC: U of South Carolina P, 2010.

Busick, Sean R. A Sober Desire for History: William Gilmore Simms as Historian. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2005.

Butterworth, Keen, and James E. Kibler. William Gilmore Simms: a reference guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980. Z8819.2 .B87

Davidson, Phebe and Van Tuyll, Debra R. "William Gilmore Simms: A Literary Casualty of the Civil War." in Sachsman, David B. and others. eds. Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film from Uncle Tom's Cabin to Cold Mountain. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2007.

Frye, Steven. Historiography and Narrative Design in the American Romance: A Study of Four Authors. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2001.

Guilds, John C. ed. Long Years of Neglect: The Work and Reputation of William Gilmore Simms. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1988.

- - -. Simms: A Literary Life. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1992.

- - -., and Caroline Collins. eds. William Gilmore Simms and the American Frontier. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1997.

Keener, Joseph B. Shakespeare and Masculinity in Southern Fiction: Faulkner, Simms, Page, and Dixon. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Nakamura, Masahiro. Visions of Order in William Gilmore Simms: Southern Conservatism and the Other American Romance. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2009.

Rubin, Louis D., Jr. The Edge of the Swamp: A Study of the Literature and Society of the Old South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1989.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 3: William Gilmore Simms." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. WWW URL: (provide page date or date of your login).

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