Tales of the South by William Gilmore Simms, edited by Mary Ann Wimsatt (review)

Tales of the South by William Gilmore Simms, edited by Mary Ann Wimsatt (University of South Carolina Press, 1996)

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Tales of the South by William Gilmore Simms, edited by Mary Ann Wimsatt (review)

by Johanna Nicol Shields
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 1: Politics (1998)

University of South Carolina Press, 1996

This new collection of a dozen tales by the Old South’s most famous writer, South Carolina’s William Gilmore Simms, seeks to broaden Simm’s modern audience by making available a selection of his short fiction in an attractive format. Editor Mary Ann Wimsatt has provided a useful chronology of Simms’s life and work and an introduction that places both in historical and critical context. The tales are not annotated, but Simms’s skill as a storyteller compensates for unfamiliar terms and allusions.