William Gilmore Simms: The Yemassee

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Simms’s first colonial romance was published in the spring of 1835 to laudatory reviews in both the North and South. The story begins on the eve of the outbreak of the Yemassee War of 1715, and the characters are a mix of actual historical figures and Simms’s fictional creations. The colonial governor, Lord Charles Craven (posing through most of the book as Gabriel Harrison), sensing unrest among the Indians in coastal South Carolina, is traveling about the countryside, assisted by his faithful slave, Hector, and a farmer, Walter Grayson, attempting to discover the source of the Indians’ discontent. Grayson’s brother Hugh is Craven’s rival for the affections of Bess Matthews, daughter of a Christian …

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Citation:
Meats, Stephen E.. "The Yemassee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2014
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