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Walter Edgar's Journal

Spreading the Word: William Gilmore Simms


Friday - November 01, 2013


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About This Show

Among mid-19th-century American romancers (or writers of prose epics), only New Yorker James Fenimore Cooper was as successful as South Carolina author William Gilmore Simms. In those same years, Simms was the South's most influential editor of cultural journals. He also was the region's most prolific cultural journalist and poet, publishing an average of a book review and a poem per week for forty-five years.

 As curator of the Simms Initiatives of the University of South Carolina Libraries, Dr. Todd Hagstette guides a project with the ambitious goals of producing a comprehensive bibliographic database and as well as a complete digital edition of the significant writings of Simms. He tells Dr. Edgar about the Initiative, and they talk about some of their favorite works by Simms.

Catch the Simms Initiatives' readings of Grayling; or, “Murder Will Out” on YouTube


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