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Tales of the South

Author: William Gilmore Simms; Mary Ann Wimsatt
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : State or province government publication : English
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"William Gilmore Simms - a nineteenth century American writer whose popularity once surpassed that of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville received his greatest acclaim for such widely read novels as Guy Rivers, The Yemassee, and The Partisan. He also penned an assortment of short stories that, though less well known than his novels, are now regarded by an expanding circle of critics as his most impressive body of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Gilmore Simms; Mary Ann Wimsatt
ISBN: 1570030863 9781570030864 9781570030871 1570030871
OCLC Number: 33440362
Description: xiv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The fisherman: a fact --
Juan Ponce de Leon --
The plank: a story of the sea --
Logoochie; or, the branch of Sweet Water: a legend of Georgia --
Grayling; or, "Murder will out" --
The two camps: a legend of the old north state --
The last wager; or, the gamester of the Mississippi --
The arm-chair of Tustenuggee: a tradition of the Catawaba --
Oakatibbe; or the Choctaw Sampson --
Ephraim Bartlett, the Edisto raftman --
How Sharp Snaffles got his capital and wife --
"Bald-Head Bill Bauldy," and how he went through the Flurriday campaign!: a legend of the hunter's camp.
Responsibility: by William Gilmore Simms ; edited with an introduction by Mary Ann Wimsatt.

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The 14 short stories in this volume demonstrate Simms' combining of homey realism with fabulous flights of fancy. Each offers an intimate view of 19th-century work and domesticity, and forays into  Read more...

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