A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature/Simms, William Gilmore

Simms, William Gilmore (1806-1870). -- Novelist, etc., b. at Charleston, South Carolina, began his literary life with journalism. He then for some time tried poetry, but without any distinct success except occasionally in Southern Passages and Pictures (1839). But in fiction, which he began in 1833 with Martin Faber, he was more successful, though rather an imitator of Cooper. The Yemassee (1835) is generally considered his best novel. He was less happy in his attempts at historical romance, such as Count Julian and The Damsel of Darien. During the war, in which he was naturally a strong partisan of the South, he was ruined, and his library was burned; and from these disasters he never recovered. He hadpage 345 a high repute as a journalist, orator, and lecturer. He was the first Southerner to achieve any name in literature.