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The Golden Christmas: A Tale of Lowcountry Life
Rife with historical details and peppered with comic characters, The Golden Christmas remains a timeless tale of South Carolina's rich holiday heritage. Originally published in 1852, William Gilmore Simms's classic lowcountry romance chronicles the social customs and Christmas traditions of an antebellum plantation near Charleston.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by University of South Carolina Press
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“The Golden Christmas” is an historical plantation romance by William Gilmore Simms, who is hailed in literary circles as the “father of Southern literature.” Serialized in 1852 and then released as one volume, this short novel includes elements of both “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Christmas Carol” and also displays the wide knowledge of the author by its multitude of literary references. For instance, chapter two provides a discourse in answer to Austen’s “It is a truth universally acknowledged th ...more
William Gilmore Simms (April 17, 1806 – June 11, 1870) was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South whose novels achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced. In recent decades, though, Simms' novels have fallen out of favor, although he is still known among literary scholars as a major force in an ...moreMore about William Gilmore Simms...