CONTENTS

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p. vii

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PREFACE TO THE ARKANSAS EDITION

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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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WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS CHRONOLOGY

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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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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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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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INTRODUCTION

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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

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY [Includes Back Cover]

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pp. 551-554