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Pirates & Devils

William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Postbellum Novels

Pirates and Devils, edited by Nicholas G. Meriwether and David W. Newton, presents two of the most significant unfinished works by William Gilmore Simms, a prominent public intellectual of the antebellum South and one of the most prolific literary writers of the nineteenth century. These two incomplete works—the pirate romance, "The Brothers of the Coast," and the folk fable, "Sir Will O' Wisp"—are representative of the some of the last major primary texts of Simms's expansive career. Recent scholarship about Simms, including William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War, reasserts the significance of Simms's postwar writing and makes this volume's contribution timely.

Left unfinished at his death, these two substantial fragments represent the last of the major primary texts from the final phase of Simms's life to be published. Together, the texts provide greater insight into Simms's creative process, but more importantly, they show Simms continuing to wrestle with the issues he faced in the aftermath of the Civil War, and they document the creativity and courage that commitment represented—and required. The publication of these fragments makes possible a complete picture of this last phase of Simms's life, as he struggled with the consequences of a conflict that had become the defining event of his life, career, and region.


"These substantial and heretofore unpublished texts by Simms, impeccably edited, allow us to complete the record of his postbellum years.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
"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

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Other Titles by Nicholas G. Meriwether

The Lily and the Totem; Or, The Huguenots of Florida

William Gilmore Simms, introduction by Nicholas G. Meriwether
Jul 2016 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Sack and Destruction of the City of Columbia, S.C.

William Gilmore Simms, introduction by Nicholas G. Meriwether
Feb 2016 - University of South Carolina Press
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Other Titles from William Gilmore Simms Initiatives

William Gilmore Simms's Selected Reviews on Literature and Civilization

William Gilmore Simms, edited by James Everett Jr. Kibler, David Moltke-Hansen
Feb 2014 - University of South Carolina Press
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William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War

edited by David Moltke-Hansen
Jan 2013 - University of South Carolina Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback

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