The Charleston Book: A Miscellany in Prose and Verse


by William Gilmore Simms (Editor). New introduction by David-Moltke Hanson.

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Originally published in 1845, this book was created as a coffee-table style anthology of Charleston’s culture, showcasing the works of Charleston authors and poets born after the American Revolution. In the 1840’s with Charleston the sixth largest city in the country, its cultural leaders wanted the city to be recognized alongside Boston, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Charlestonian William Gilmore Simms, considered the most famous man of letters in Charleston at the time, edited the collection. A new introduction by a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, along with extensive biographical notes on the writers, provides context to the original work. Pub date: 1983.