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The Partisan

A Romance of the Revolution

William Gilmore Simms

Publication Year: 2011

The thirteenth volume in the ongoing Arkansas Edition of the works of Simms, The Partisan is the first in order of publication of Simms’s Revolutionary War romances. Although Simms took advantage of the novelist’s prerogative to invent characters and events for his saga, he did so with a historian’s eye, making extensive use of official histories; letters, diaries, and other documents; family traditions; and unpublished and published memoirs. Simms gives human interest to the novel’s historical framework with two love triangles, mixing romantic conventions with gritty realism that outlines the four classes of Simms’s ideal society. The Partisan is also remarkable among Simms’s work for its use of symbols, indicating, perhaps, a new intention for the novel. The result is a satisfying work of literary art enlivened with adventure and humor while remaining true to the history behind it.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press


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p. vii

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p. ix

The University of Arkansas Press edition of the Selected Fiction of William Gilmore Simms has as its aim to publish the major novels and short fiction in reliable texts, together with scholarly introductions, annotations, and other matter useful to scholars, critics, and teachers of Simms’s work. The edition includes novels in the Border Romances series and the Revolutionary War series, together with writings that...

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pp. xi-xiv

1806 Born in Charleston, South Carolina, April 17, the son of William Gilmore Simms, an Irish immigrant, and Harriet Ann Augusta Singleton Simms 1808 Mother died; left in the custody of his maternal grandmother by his father, who, frustrated by personal tragedy and business failure, deserted Charleston for the Southwest

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p. xv

I thank John Rodrigue and Ann Meats for help with the initial collations of the 1835 and 1854 texts of The Partisan. I am grateful to the staff of the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina—especially to Graham Duncan, Nicholas Meriwether, Robin Copp, and Larrey McClure—for their assistance in my investigations. Special thanks to Keen Butterworth, a fellow Simms scholar, for advice...

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pp. xvii-xxxii

Simms began writing The Partisan, the first in order of publication of his Revolutionary War romances, sometime in the spring of 1835, while his colonial romance, The Yemassee, was still in press. In late May he reported to his friend and unofficial literary agent, James Lawson, that he had completed and sent to his publishers in New York “some five chapters” (Letters, I, 68). Writing must have progressed rapidly, for...

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Text of The Partisan

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pp. 1-459

MY DEAR YEADON: When, in 1835, I first inscribed this romance with your name, we neither of us could have imagined the long list of other volumes which have followed from the same pen. That I have continued a profession in which so few of our people of the South have found it prudent to engage, is in proof of a certain degree of success in my case. Of this it is scarcely proper that I should make any boast; but it will not be denied...

Explanatory Notes by Dianne C. Luce

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pp. 461-498

Textual Notes and Emendations

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pp. 498-549


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pp. 551-554

E-ISBN-13: 9781610754811
E-ISBN-10: 1610754816
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289643
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289646

Page Count: 560
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 787842912
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Partisan

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  • South Carolina -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction.
  • War stories. -- gsafd.
  • Historical fiction. -- gsafd.
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