- Hardcover: 143 pages
- Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570035652
- ISBN-13: 978-1570035654
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,224,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Sober Desire for History: William Gilmore Simms as Historian
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"Despite the sharp increase in the study of Simms in recent years, Sean Busick is the first to focus on Simms as a writer of history, and as such, Busick's work fills a longstanding lacuna in Simms scholarship. Beyond that, A Sober Desire for History makes a compelling case that Simms's theory and practice in the writing foreshadows the reemergence of the humanistic perception of history as more art than science." John Caldwell Guilds, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of Arkansas, and author of Simms: A Literary Life and series editor of the Selected Fiction of Wiliam Gilmore Simms
"The antebellum South did not play second fiddle to the antebellum North in the quality and versatility of its intelligentsia. In this penetrating and forcefully argued book, Busick explains why Simms must be considered not only as the antebellum Souths foremost novelist, but as its preeminent historian as well."Robert L. Paquette, Rogers Professor of American History, Hamilton College
"The valuable tome offers the definitive assessment of Simms as a social, historical, and political thinker, but the work also encourages a much needed reaffirmation of the vitality of antebellum intellectual life in the South. With great clarity and erudition, the reader is allowed to appreciate Simms as a defender of community and genuine diversity."H. Lee Cheek, Jr., author of Calhoun and Popular Rule
"Busicks superb portrait of this facet of the multi-talented literary artist helps us understand how truly unique Simms islike no other writer in the North America of his day. In Simms we witness genius full-blown. Busicks study will be another significant work in defining the nature of that genius. It is a welcome addition to the growing number of volumes on this engaging author." James Everett Kibler, author of Our Fathers Fields and founding editor of the Simms Review
About the Author
Sean R. Busick is an assistant professor of history at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and has published articles and reviews in such journals as Simms Review and Southern Historian. Busick lives in Owensboro.
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