William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms, circa 1860 William Gilmore Simms (April 17, 1806 – June 11, 1870) was a poet, novelist, politician and historian from the American South. His writings achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced. He is still known among literary scholars as a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He is also remembered for his strong support of slavery and for his opposition to ''Uncle Tom's Cabin'', in response to which he wrote reviews and the pro-slavery novel ''The Sword and the Distaff'' (1854). During his literary career he served as editor of several journals and newspapers and he also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Provided by Wikipedia
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