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Published: Jul 9 2015
Size: 6 x 9
edited by Nicholas G. Meriwether and David W. Newton
Nicholas G. Meriwether is an archivist at University of California, Santa Cruz. He was formerly an archivist and oral historian at the South Caroliniana Library and one of the founders of the Simms Initiatives project at the University of South Carolina. His work on Simms has appeared in the Simms Review, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War, edited by David Moltke-Hansen, published by the University of South Carolina Press, as well as two introductions for the William Gilmore Simms Initiatives reprint series by the University of South Carolina Press.
David W. Newton is a professor of English and department chair at the University of West Georgia. His work on Simms has appeared in the Simms Review, Studies in the Literary Imagination, the Southern Quarterly, and William Gilmore Simms and the American Frontier. He also has edited critical editions of The Forayers, Eutaw, and Katharine Walton. He lives in Carrollton, Georgia, with his wife, Karen, and their two daughters, Kelcy and Caroline.
"In telling fashion, Pirates and Devils shows the antebellum South's best known man of letters, a slave-owning planter and early proponent of the Confederacy, trying to find commercially successful ways of turning his philosophy and values into long form fictions after the defeat of his new nation. Editors Nicholas Meriwether and David Newton have done a brilliant job of analyzing the contexts, authorial intentions, and narrative strategies shaping these revealing, partially drafted novels of a Caribbean pirate realm and of a writer's conversations with a beguiling devil, here made available for the first time. The resulting volume is a suggestive chapter in the yet unwritten intellectual history of Reconstruction in the American South."—David Moltke-Hansen, editor of William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War
"These substantial and heretofore unpublished texts by Simms, impeccably edited, allow us to complete the record of his postbellum years. His imagination survived the war intact, and his will to create was as strong as ever."—James L. W. West III, Pennsylvania State University
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