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SELECTIONS OF REPRESENTATIVE
PROSE AND POETRY
SELECTED AND EDITED BY
MAURICE GARLAND FULTON
GINN AND COMPANY
BOSTON NEW YORK. CHICAGO LONDON
In this book I have endeavored to represent as adequately as might be possible within the limits of a volume of moderate size the work of the more important Southern writers. My attempt has been not merely to show the value of literary effort in the South as absolute achievement but also to emphasize its importance as a record of Southern life and character.
Taking literature in the stricter sense of fiction, essay, and poetry, I have omitted the historians, the biographers, and the political writers so frequently used to swell the bulk of Southern literature. In poetry I have endeavored to select poems which have attained some measure of general critical approval. But in some instances, especially in the Civil War poetry, I have included poems obviously without much literary merit because they were household poems of an older generation and embodied in a characteristic way the traditions and spirit of the people who loved them. For much the same reason I have included a few specimens of the vanishing survivals of old English ballads to the presence of which in the South attention has lately been turned.
* In the case of the older prose writers, I have drawn upon a very limited number of the most significant works. As most of these were out of print or difficult to secure, I have tried to give a general idea of each by means of liberal excerpts and suitable summaries. Coming to the recent novelists and story-writers, whose number is almost legion, I was compelled to confine myself rigidly to the five pioneers in the new development of fiction
in the eighties. The single departure from this principle in the case of William Sidney Porter ("O. Henry ") will require no explanation. I have devoted much attention to the humorous writers of the South because of my belief that, although much of this work was rough and crude, it was nevertheless very influential not only in the development of American humor but also in that of realistic fiction.
Better to fit the book to the needs of students, I have tried to organize the material effectively. The table of contents will show that the arrangement is roughly chronological, with such subdivisions as would bring together writers of the same type of literature. Further aids to students have been given in biographical notes, summaries of literary developments, explanations of unfamiliar matters in the selections, and bibliographies — all being held to the briefest compass.
I have given at appropriate places in the book acknowledgments for permission to reprint such of the selections as were under copyright, but I wish here to record in a general way grateful appreciation of the courtesy extended to me in this matter by authors and by publishers.
M. G. F. Davidson College,
Davidson, N. C.
Swallow Barn, an Old Virginia Estate.
The Master of Swallow Barn
The Mistress of Swallow Barn
Traces of the Feudal System
SELECTIONS FROM HORSESHOE ROBINSON ”
Capture of Butler and Horseshoe
Horseshoe captures Five Prisoners
The Battle of King's Mountain
WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS
SELECTION FROM "THE YEMASSEE”
The Attack on the Block House .