The Yemassee

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The Yemassee
Author William Gilmore Simms
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Harper & Brothers (New York)
Publication date
April 1835
Pages Two vol. (1835 ed.)

The Yemassee: a romance of Carolina is an 1835 novel by American writer William Gilmore Simms. It was a popular bestseller during its time and became Simms's best known novel.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Simms had recently published his book Guy Rivers and its success convinced him that writings on American themes could be effective. His first reference to the book that became The Yemassee came in a letter dated July 19, 1834, in which he wrote that he was "digesting the plan of an Indian tale—a story of an early settlement and of an old tribe in Carolina".[3]

The book's plot is set in the low country of South Carolina in the early 18th century. It was released in April 1835 to positive critical reviews.[4] The New York Times, for example, wrote of the reviewer's "extreme delight" in the book which "permanently established" a reputation for the author.[5] The Baltimore American wrote that the book put Simms "among the first class of modern novelists".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hart, James D. The Popular Book: A History of America's Literary Taste, p. 80 (1951)
  2. ^ Hagstette, Todd. The Yemassee. A Romance of Carolina, Simms Library, University of South Carolina, Retrieved 29 September 2014
  3. ^ Guilds, John Caldwell. Simms: A Literary Life. University of Arkansas Press, 1992: 59. ISBN 1-55728-245-5
  4. ^ Wimsatt, Mary Ann. The Major Fiction of William Gilmore Simms: Cultural Traditions and Literary Form, Chapter 2 (1989)
  5. ^ Guilds, John Caldwell. Simms: A Literary Life. University of Arkansas Press, 1992: 59–60. ISBN 1-55728-245-5
  6. ^ Guilds, John Caldwell. Simms: A Literary Life. University of Arkansas Press, 1992: 60. ISBN 1-55728-245-5