William Gilmore Simms

(2743 words)

William Gilmore Simms, the only writer from the American South, other than Poe, to rank as a major national literary figure before the Civil War, was born 17 April 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina. His grandparents, William and Elizabeth Sims, emigrated from Ireland to South Carolina shortly after the American Revolution. Simms’s father, also named William Gilmore, added the second “m” to the family name. He operated a tavern and grocery in Charleston and married Harriet Singleton in 1804. The couple’s first son died the year Simms was born, and when Simms’s mother and their third child died in childbirth in 1808, Simms’s father, whose business failed about the same time, condemned Charleston as “a …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Meats, Stephen E.. "William Gilmore Simms". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4078, accessed 23 July 2014.]

Articles on Simms' works

  1. The Yemassee

Related Groups

  1. Literature of the American South