William Gilmore Simms was an American writer and politician from the American South. Poet, novelist, and historian, his History of South Carolina served as the definitive textbook on state history for much of the 20th century. Literary scholars consider him a major force in antebellum Southern literature; in 1845 Edgar Allan Poe pronounced him the best novelist America had ever produced. Throughout much of his literary career he served as editor of several journals and newspapers. He also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1844–1846.
|Born||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Died||(aged), Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, historian|
A nineteenth-century American poet, novelist, and historian, he published such works as The Yemassee, Vasconselos, and The Cassique of Kiawah. He also published a series of novels set in Revolutionary War-era South Carolina; the most popular of these was the 1835 work, The Partisan.
He worked as a clerk in a drug store before beginning his law studies at the age of eighteen.
He is remembered for his strong support of slavery and for his vehement opposition to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
He was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He married Anna Malcolm Giles in 1826.
Edgar Allan Poe once praised Simms' work.
- South Carolina literature - The literature of South Carolina, United States, includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Representative authors include Dorothy Allison, Daniel Payne and William Gilmore Simms.
- Historians of the Southern United States
- Historians of the American Revolution
- Writers of American Southern literature
- American proslavery activists
- South Carolina lawyers
- 19th-century American novelists
- 19th-century American poets
Latest information about William Gilmore Simms updated on June 14 2021.