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edited by James E. Kibler, Jr.
Published: Apr 5 2010
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South Carolina native James Everett Kibler is a novelist, poet, literary scholar, and leading authority on Simms. Kibler's other books include Our Fathers' Fields, Walking toward Home, Child to the Waters, and The Poetry of William Gilmore Simms: An Introduction and Bibliography. Kibler lives on the Tyger River in upcountry South Carolina.
"At his best Simms was a fine poet, both passionate and formally accomplished. His work is well worth recovering."—Virginia Quarterly Review
"Kibler's edition of Simms's Selected Poems is not only valuable in that it gives us the equivalent of a new poet; because of Simms's stature in the antebellum South, Kibler's research sheds light on Simms's society as well. . . . Kibler's long, painstaking reconstruction of Simms's true voice deserves both applause and attention."—Mississippi Quarterly
"Simms most definitely deserves this attention because of his national, not just Southern, importance. . . . Kibler's edition of Simms's poetry . . . is a splendid achievement of editing and scholarship."—South Atlantic Review
"A door into the best elements of a major poetical career. . . . Simms's variety as a poet is surprising, occasionally even startling"—Resources for American Literary Study
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