Lives of General Francis Marion: The Three Classic Biographies by Weems (1809), James (1821) and Simms (1844)

Digital Antiquaria, Incorporated, 01.09.2004 - 528 Seiten
The three biographies of "The Swamp Fox," General Francis Marion of South Carolina, combined.

Weems, Mason Locke ((1759-1825) - Musings of a retired Revolutionary officer set in print by the Parson Weems in 1809. His source, the Gen. Peter Horry who served so faithfully with "The Swamp Fox," was not happy with the fabriciations that Weems weaved around General Marion, and went to great efforts to distance himself from this book. Regardless of its factual shortcomings, this is a fine tale of courage, bravery, and cunning during the darkest hours of the American Revolution (182pp)

James, William Dobein (1764-1838) - "A History of his Brigade, From its Rise in June, 1780, until Disbanded in December, 1782; With Descriptions of Characters and Scenes, not heretofore published. Containing also, An Appendix, with Copies of Letters which passed between several of the Leading Characters of that Day; Principally From Gen. Greene to Gen. Marion"

This is the 1821 biography of "The Swamp Fox" which did much to correct the factual shortcomings of Parson Weems' 1809 biography. (126pp)

Simms, William Gilmore (1806-1870) Biography of the legendary South Carolina revolutionary leader by one of America's favorite 19th century authors.

Meticulously complete and colorfully presented, the PDF edition of "Life of Marion: 'The Swamp Fox' " is published in portrait orientation, fully-searchable, fully-printable.

193 pages, including an Appendix with William Cullen Bryant's ode, "Song of Marion's Men."

This masterfully crafted eBook anthology faithfully preserves the originals (available individually). Fully-searchable and fully-printable. (528pp, 3.88 Mb)

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William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina, April, 17 1806. His academic education was received in the school of his native city, where he was for a time a clerk in a drug and chemical house. Though his first aspirations were for medicine, he studied law at eighteen, but never practised. In 1827, he published in Charleston a volume of Lyrical and other Poems, his first attempt in literature. The following year, he became editor and partial owner of the Charleston City Gazette. In 1829 he published another volume of poems, The Vision of Cortes, and in 1830, The Tricolor. His paper proved a bad investment, and through its failure, in 1833, he was left penniless. Simms decided to devote himself to literature, and began a long series of volumes which did not end till within three years of his death.He published a poem entitled "Atalantis, a Tale of the Sea" (New York, 1832), the best and longest of all his poetic works. The Yemassee is considered his best novel, but Simms is mainly known as a writer of fiction, the scene of his novels is almost wholly southern. He was for many years a member of the legislature, and in 1846 was defeated for lieutenant-governor by only one vote. Simmd died in Charleston on June, 11 1870.

Like so many successful New Yorkers during the nineteenth century, William C. Bryant was born and reared in New England. There, in his native Massachusetts, among the beautiful highlands of the Berkshires, he learned early to be a close observer of nature and a careful student of English versification. A child prodigy, he began to make rhymes before his tenth birthday, and in 1808 he gained some fame as the author of The Embargo, or Sketches of the Time, a satire in verse in which he echoed the conservative political sentiments of his elders. Soon, however, he found his own voice and point of view, and the poetry that followed, unlike so much of the literature that was being produced in the United States in the early decades of the nineteenth century, was considered by his contemporaries to be unmistakably American. During his own lifetime and since, his most famous poem has been "Thanatopsis" (from the Greek thanato and opsis, meaning "a meditation on death"), which was first published in the North American Review in 1817. Other poems, such as "Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood" (1817), "A Forest Hymn" (1825), and "To the Fringed Gentian" (1832), printed during the next several decades, brought him recognition both at home and abroad as the leading poet in the United States. Always solemn and stately, his verse seemed cold to James Russell Lowell, who humorously spoke of Bryant's "iceolation." But others praised Bryant for his careful artisanship, his commitment to romantic aesthetics, his celebration of nature, and his liberal faith in the historical destiny of the United States. Matthew Arnold called "To a Waterfowl" (1818) one of the finest short lyrics in the English language, and "The Prairies" (1833) and "Earth" (1835) have been seen as noble literary expressions "of the Jacksonian version of the American Dream." By training a lawyer and by profession a journalist, Bryant was editor-in-chief of the New York Evening Post from 1829 until his death in 1878. This position gave him enormous influence on national affairs, and his early support for the fledgling Republican party in the 1850s helped insure that party's success. When he was nearly 80 years old, he translated the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer into English blank verse. Bryant died in 1878.

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